Park officials explore public suggestions for LOVE Park redesign

Construction for the LOVE Park redesign is expected to begin early next year and end in 2017.

LOVE Park is getting a redesign and on Tuesday night PennPraxis, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and the Fairmount Park Conservancy sought the public’s suggestions on how best to utilize the space. PennPraxis also opened the social media realm for LOVE Park redesign submissions with the tag #newlovepark.

Between the two civic engagement forums, the LOVE Park update got some wild ideas as well as some worthwhile ones. Going green and increased flexibility were some of the suggestions brought up by the public, CBS Philly reports.

Many Philadelphians see a need for more green space, with some suggesting the park would be an ideal place for a bike share station. Some of the wackier suggestions, reports Billy Penn, include a shark-filled beer fountain equipped with a hovering skate ramp, and a zipline.

Mark Focht, the first deputy commissioner of parks and recreation, said $14 million worth of changes are planned for the park, which should start early 2016 and be finished in 2017.

[CBS Philly]