FEW CAN resist the hullabaloo and fanfare of a bright new park opening, and why should they? Yesterday's opening day for Dilworth Park was accented with fireworks and illuminations, musical ensembles and dancers, and bunny hoppers through the ground-level geysers outside City Hall.
But beyond all the pomp and circumstance, the People Paper surveyed several passers-by to see if they knew why the park is called Dilworth. Below are a few gems that turned up.
* "I know it was Dilworth Plaza before and now it's Dilworth Park, but I don't know why."
-Daniel Roth, South Philadelphia
* "Actually, I don't know why it's named Dilworth because I'm originally from Miami."
- Kimberly Bannerman, North Philadelphia
* "He was mayor of Philadelphia and went to Yale. He was a very friendly guy - didn't hate people, frequented the Racquet Club, the Union League and the Yale Club in New York City."
- Ed O'Donnell, former Occupy Philly member
* "It's named after an old mayor of Philadelphia, one of the best ones in the world, I guess."
- Gabby Shirdan, Upper Darby
* "I know a few things, but I don't know what the name is based off."
- Chip Fattah Jr., son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah
* "Dilworth was a mayor of the city who did a lot to rejuvenate and participate in the urban renewal of the city."
- Dan Rhoton, Mount Airy
* "Philadelphia's buildings used to be all soot-covered. Dilworth came up with a plan to clear this property, including removing this beautiful historic site that was Broad Street Station. This part really celebrates Dilworth's contributions to the complete redevelopment of Center City."
- Sam Katz, three-time Republican mayoral candidate