FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PHILADELPHIA (May 12, 2022): With temperatures telling us that summer is approaching, Center City District Parks are welcoming visitors with a full schedule of events and seasonal amenities. Beginning June 1 through the end of August, expect everything from dancing fountains and sprawling lawns to art installations and a splashing pond, plus outdoor concerts, educational programming and movies under the stars.
In Dilworth Park, the Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink remains open daily through Sunday, July 17. The colorful, retro-inspired rink brings old-school cool to the space outside of historic City Hall with a vibrant checkerboard floor and an overhead display of multi-colored beach balls, which was designed and fabricated by Philadelphia’s Lucky Dog Studio.
Admission is $8 for children 10 and younger and $10 for adults. Skate rental is $5 for patrons who do not bring their own pair. Everyone is encouraged to reserve tickets online for timed, 60-minute sessions at rothmanrink.ticketsocket.com. Special events at the Rothman Roller Rink include Pride Skate on Saturday, June 4 and Christmas in July Skate on Saturday, July 9.
Dilworth Park’s Summer Garden on the Greenfield Lawn is open again this year with even more stationary swings and blooming foliage. The fountain near the PNC Terrace includes Janet Echelman’s immersive public art piece, Pulse, great for kids and for selfies. Once the Rothman Roller Rink closes for the season, the full fountain will be turned on for the remainder of the summer and into the fall. The fountain at John F. Collins Park is on, and at Sister Cities Park, the fountain and Children’s Discovery Garden and Boat Pond are open daily.
Food and beverage offerings are plentiful in Center City District Parks, including Capriccio Café and Bar in Cret Park and the Sister Cities Café. Options in Dilworth Park include the Dilworth Park Café, the outdoor Starbucks Coffee kiosk, and new this year, Philadelphia-based Dre’s Water Ice has a pop-up shop in the park throughout the summer.
Also in Dilworth Park, the Air Grille Garden remains open with colorful umbrellas, shaded pergolas and outdoor seating. The menu features snack bar staples with a twist, like fresh fish tacos, cheesesteak egg rolls and a fluffernutter churro. Adults 21 and older can relax in the space while sipping ice cold Haku Vodka cocktails and Bud Light Seltzer.
Summer programming at all Center City District Parks is listed below and can be found at centercityphila.org/parks/events.
Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink
Daily, Now through July 17
Center City Fit presented by Rothman Orthopaedics
Mondays & Tuesdays| Now through October 11 | 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Matinee Skate at the Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink
Mondays & Tuesdays | Now through July 12 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Live @ Lunch presented by PNC
Wednesdays & Thursdays | June 1-July 28 | Noon-1 p.m
SIPS at Dilworth Park presented by Hornitos Tequila
Wednesdays | June 1-August 31 | 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Arts on Center Stage
Thursdays | Now through August 25 | 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays | Now through October 1 | 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Pride Skate at the Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink
Saturday, June 4 | 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday, June 10 | 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 | 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, June 12 | 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Planned in conjunction with The Garden, an expanded Philadelphia Marketplace will give guests the opportunity to browse and buy unique finds, handmade gifts and delicious treats while supporting local entrepreneurs.
Christmas in July Skate at the Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink
Saturday, July 9 | 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Pictures in the Park
Fridays | July 22-August 26 | 8:15 p.m.
Relax on a warm summer night while watching free blockbuster films on the big screen! Popcorn, candy and other snacks will be available at the Air Grille Garden, plus beer, wine and cocktails for adults 21 and older. Bring-your-own chairs and blankets are encouraged.
Sister Cities Park
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays | June 13- August 17 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Live at Sister Cities
Thursdays | June 2-August 25 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Jazz on the Parkway
Sundays | Now through June 26 | 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Relax to the rhythm of jazz tunes on Sunday afternoons at Capriccio Café and Bar! Local jazz group Vibe-A-Delphia will perform as you sip your favorite cocktail under the café’s shaded outdoor patio. Additional seating for non-café customers is available on the lawn areas of the park. These performances are supported with funds from the Music Performance Trust Fund, American Federation of Musicians, and Local 77.
All programs are weather permitting and subject to change. Dilworth Park is located at 1 S. 15th St., on the west side of City Hall. Sister Cities Park is located at 18th St. & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. Cret Park is located at 16th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (110 N. 16th St). Visit centercityphila.org/parks to learn more.
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 www.centercityphila.org and on Facebook and Twitter.