Center City District is committed to providing a safe and welcoming public space in Dilworth Park in accordance with all applicable CDC, Commonwealth and City health safety guidelines for public parks.
As one of Center City’s visible and vital public parks, along with Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square, Dilworth Park is an important urban amenity that allows safe and socially distanced outdoor activity for families and people of all ages. Since the summer, CCD has instituted enhanced cleaning protocols, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., tables, chairs and handrails) between uses or on a frequent schedule, using EPA approved products.
Signs are posted throughout the park about health guidelines, including the requirement to wear masks. The number of seats in the park has been reduced by 39%, from the normal level of 341 to 209. Seating configurations have also been changed to ensure greater social distancing and new signage is being added limiting parties to four people, in accordance with the revised city guidelines.
Two of the three food service operations on-site, Oath Pizza and the Airstream Café, are mobile to-go operations with no dedicated seating. The Dilworth Park Café at the northern end has only been open for takeout. All food vendors have already installed Plexiglas safety barriers, signage that masks are required for service and social distance reminders for those waiting on line. Staff will provide masks to visitors who are without them and will refuse service to anyone who is unmasked. CCD staff in Dilworth Park have been actively handing out masks and will increase those distribution efforts every day throughout the park.
Among the recently added features to Dilworth Park for the holiday season is the open-air Wintergarden featuring Chaddsford Winery kiosks, which are serving wine and beer to-go.
The Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink is operating with significantly reduced skater capacity, time-limited skate sessions, and contactless online ticketing. Rink staff will require masks for all skaters at check-in and will continue to remind skaters that masks are required while on the rink.
Deck the Hall Holiday Lights, a colorful illumination of City Hall’s west façade created by Philadelphia’s own Klip Collective, is returning on November 23. It has been redesigned to enable social distancing by guests. Unlike in past years, when the light show ran at specified times, Deck the Hall Holiday Lights will play continuously throughout the evening in a 30-minute loop and with sounds effects, allowing visitors to enjoy the lights at their leisure and without having to assemble for a time-limited musical show. A special recorded message from 6abc’s Jim Gardner will periodically remind guests in the evening to follow all health safety guidelines.
Programmed events at the park, including a weekly happy hour, have been canceled and no rental events will be held for the duration of the current restrictions.