Press release

Wintergarden at Dilworth Park Offers Variety of Activities


Enjoy America’s Garden Capital Maze and Ice Skating at Rothman Rink

PHILADELPHIA (November 26, 2016) – The Center City District welcomes the official lighting of the City’s Christmas tree and invites everyone to enjoy the Wintergarden at Dilworth Park, offering a variety of exciting cold-weather activities for families, residents, visitors, office workers and students.

The Rothman Institute Ice Rink, in its third season on the north side of Dilworth Park, is accompanied by the popular Rothman Institute Cabin, with a new menu by Brûlée Catering at the Dilworth Park Air Grille. Rink, cabin and grille will remain open for business until Sunday, February 26, 2017.

On the south side of the park is the Dilworth Park Wintergarden, featuring America’s Garden Capital Maze and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. Enter the Maze free of charge through February 26. The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market offers more than 30 vendors displaying a variety of crafts, candles, handmade hats, gloves and many other holiday gift items. It is open every day through December 24.

The Winter Season at Dilworth Park is presented by Rothman Institute, William Penn Foundation and through generous support from Subaru, Capital One, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Temple University and 6abc.

Admission to the Rothman Rink is $3 for children 10 and under, $5 for adults, and skate rental is $10. Hours are Noon to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Noon to 11:00 p.m. on Friday; 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday; and Noon to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. The group rate for 10 or more guests is $12 per person, including skate rental. For more information, please email GROUPS@RINKMANAGEMENT.COMLearn to Skate lessons are available, with five-week sessions for $99, including lessons, admission and skate rental. Sled Skating, sponsored by Magee, offers adults and children with disabilities the opportunity to reserve a sled to use on January 7 and February 4, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. For questions or to sign up for Learn to Skate, please email LESSONS@RINKMANAGEMENT.COM, and for questions regarding Sled Skating, or to reserve a sled, please email SLEDS@RINKMANAGEMENT.COM. For complete information and holiday hours, please check the Dilworth Park website, DILWORTHPARK.ORG.

America’s Garden Capital Maze was designed for people of all ages by Groundswell Design Group and has at its center a welcoming gazebo. The Maze features willow-branch archways, evergreens, trees, perennials, shrubs, topiary sculptures, and winter plantings adorned with twinkling mini-lights. The Maze celebrates in William Penn’s original Center Square the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make this region America’s Garden Capital. The CCD has partnered with Greater Philadelphia Gardens to celebrate the region’s horticultural heritage. America’s Garden Capital Maze was made possible by a generous $300,000 multi-year grant from the William Penn Foundation to the Center City District Foundation (CCDF).

The CCDF would like to thank the following from Greater Philadelphia Gardens for participating in the Dilworth Park Wintergarden: Ambler Arboretum, Arboretum at the Barnes Foundation, Awbury Arboretum, Bartram's Garden, Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Camden Children's Garden, Chanticleer, Hagley Museum and Library, Haverford College Arboretum, Henry Botanic Garden, Henry Schmieder Arboretum, Hortulus Farm Garden & Nursery, Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, Longwood Gardens, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours Estate, PHS Meadowbrook Farm, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden, The Barton Arboretum & Nature Preserve of Medford Leas, The Gardens at Mill Fleurs, The Highlands Mansion & Garden, The Philadelphia Zoo, The Woodlands, Tyler Arboretum, Tyler Formal Gardens at Bucks County Community College, Welkinweir, Winterthur, and Wyck. To learn more about America’s Garden Capital, please go to AMERICASGARDENCAPITAL.ORG.

The Rothman Institute Cabin opens every day at 11:00 a.m. and offers an artfully crafted menu with offerings from Air Grille by Brûlée Catering, including items to purchase and share such as Poutine and Chili. Adults 21 and over can enjoy a glass of wine, a specialty cocktail featuring Jim Beam Apple or Effen Blood Orange Vodka, or a Sam Adams craft beerstarting at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 11:00 a.m. on weekends.

Tuesday nights, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. through February 21, are College Nights at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink. College students pay $2 for admission (skate rental not included) for an evening of fun with friends.

If you enjoyed summer’s Center City District Sips, you’ll love Cocktails and Cold OnesEvery Wednesday night, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through February 22, stop by the Rothman Institute Cabin for Cocktails and Cold Ones with $5 Jim Beam Apple and Effen Blood Orange Vodka cocktails, $4 wine, and $3 Sam Adams drafts, along with specially priced food items from the Dilworth Park Air Grille.

On Sunday afternoons, from Noon to 2:00 p.m. through February 26, The Philadelphia Orchestra Presents Symphony Sundays with music recorded by The Philadelphia Orchestra to accompany you while you skate at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink. Once a month, professional ice skaters perform to the Orchestra’s music. Please visit DILWORTHPARK.ORG for dates and times of these performances.

The Rothman Institute Cabin is the perfect place for parties. To book your event, please contact Sarah Anello at 215.440.5507 or SANELLO@CENTERCITYPHILA.ORG.

For complete information about all the activities at Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden, please go to DILWORTHPARK.ORG. To learn more about America’s Garden Capital, please go to AMERICASGARDENCAPITAL.ORG.


Rothman Institute is a private orthopaedic practice dedicated to providing communities with high-quality, compassionate, and affordable musculoskeletal care that is grounded in evidence-based medicine, the results of which will exceed expectations. Rothman Institute orthopaedists treat patients at over 25 locations in the Philadelphia-region, including orthopaedic urgent care clinics in Marlton, NJ and Limerick, PA.

With experts in orthopaedic sub-specialties including spine, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedic oncology and trauma, Rothman Institute is internationally recognized for excellence in clinical treatment methods, research, education and technology.

Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Institute is proud to be the first practice serving as official team physicians for all four of the major professional sports teams in one city, the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers, as well as over 40 college and high school teams.

For more information about Rothman Institute please call 1-800-321-9999 or visit ROTHMANINSTITUTE.COM.

The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at CENTERCITYPHILA.ORG and on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.