Design ideas wanted for City Hall courtyard

City Hall's courtyard - a frequent gathering space for performances and public events - is getting a more permanent stage.

Last week, the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia issued a request for local artists and architects to send in proposals to revamp the space by installing a multiuse platform. The $70,000 project will be funded through a Southwest Airlines community grant.

According to the request for proposal, the city aims to make a series of short-term improvements to the courtyard to make it "more inviting, dynamic, and people-friendly in 2017."

The city frequently builds temporary stages in the space for musical and cultural performances and other events. The stage, which could also function as a seating area, would be installed by June and be in place for at least two years.

The RFP also calls for submissions that pay homage to the courtyard's location equidistant between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Proposals are due Jan. 13.

City Hall's Dilworth Park was recently renovated, and a complete refurbishing of JFK Plaza is slated to be completed this spring.

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