Monday, September 22, 2014
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Making the Parkway more fun

Almost a century ago, the parkway was envisioned to be a grand and verdant boulevard, Philadelphia’s Champs-Elysses, but ended up being more Le Mans. It is dominated by cars not people. The city’s parks and rec department is trying to remedy this following a February study it commissioned “More Park, Less Way.” The first initiative is to put a pop-up park in Eakins Oval July 17-Aug. 18 as I noted in Sunday’s column.

Making the Parkway more fun

"The Oval." The goal is to "animate" Eakins Oval, the first of four Parkway places targeted for enhanced recreation.
"The Oval." The goal is to "animate" Eakins Oval, the first of four Parkway places targeted for enhanced recreation.

Almost a century ago, the parkway was envisioned to be a grand and verdant boulevard, Philadelphia’s Champs-Elysses, but ended up being more Le Mans. It is dominated by cars not people. The city’s parks and rec department is trying to remedy this following a February study it commissioned “More Park, Less Way.” The first initiative is to put a pop-up park in Eakins Oval July 17-Aug. 18 as I noted in Sunday’s column.

Readers offered some terrific ideas. “Having had the good fortune to spend considerable time in Paris, I was reminded of "la Plage" by the Seine when I read your article this morning,” one reader wrote. The four-week, pop-up beach has actual sand and a pool by the river. Perhaps the city can these next year, strenghtening our French connection.

A friend, who just returned from a long Amtrak trip cross-country, suggests a Ferris wheel, and sent this link to the world’s 10 best. Santa Monica’s beauty, included here, is solar-powered.

"Isn't the parkway 's 19th-century design perfect for a Ferris wheel?" she asked. "I would contribute to a fund." Me, too.

Do you have any great ideas for making our Parkway even more splendid?

 --Karen Heller

Karen Heller Inquirer Staff Writer
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