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Nutter’s Next Budget Includes $20 Million For Love Park Makeover

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Nutter wants City Hall to make JFK Plaza more user friendly.

His administration proposes to spend $20 million over two years for design work and the renovation of the iconic park — known to most people as “Love Park” — that beckons both tourists and locals.

Deputy mayor Mike DiBerardinis says that with some investment, Love Park could become one of America’s most beautiful and best-used downtown spaces. He says it’s a natural extension — a “green connector”  — between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Dilworth Plaza, along the west apron of City Hall.

“When you look at all the work that is done and will be done along the Parkway and then the current work at Dilworth Plaza [see related story], it really calls on us to pay attention to Love Park,” he said.

DiBerardinis says it makes sense to remove the walls along two sides of Love Park which currently prevent public access, and bring the elevated park to street level.

But the “LOVE” sculpture, the fountain, and the circular building would be maintained.

The question of funding the project could come up during City Council deliberations (see related story). Councilman Bill Green expects some pushback from his fellow councilmembers.

“I think many Council people would (rather) see that $20 million of capital spending in commercial corridors in neighborhoods,” he told KYW Newsradio.

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  • Susan G.

    Back off people. We need to keep the city visitor friendly and looking good.

  • c

    Schools (preschool-12th), higher education, crime, jobs, housing – these are Philadelphia’s priorities!!! NOT Love Park. I’ve supported Mayor Nutter in the past – this I CANNOT support. Get your priorities straight!!

  • Marine

    What kind of moron administration is in this office. What a waste of uckin money. Kidding me. We need more police, we need our roads repaired, how about schools? What a joke. Sick of it. This city needs a new Mayor.

  • Hashim Murphy

    How about you pay your city workers, or should we like to watch all the contractors from Jersey get paid while City workers try to pay for all your taxes with the same money we were earning 5 years ago. Should have voted Republican or something.

  • gfxj

    Does that include the cost of police to keep out the skat eboard ra ts?

  • Here Again2

    Does that include the cost of police to keep out the skat eboard ra ts??

  • Here Again

    Does that include the cost of police to keep out the skat eboard ra ts?

  • Here Agian

    Does that include the cost of police to keep out the skateboard rats?

  • mac

    ok. sleepless not sleepness

  • mac

    Wonder how many sleepness nights it took to come up with thisone?

  • MAS

    Ridiculous waste of TAXPAYERS MONEY!!!!!!!!

  • Mike

    Teachers? Who needs teachers? The kids can fend for themselves.

  • ms

    Stop wasting our money Nutter!!! Balance the budget, cut city spending. Eliminate the drop program and cut city council’s budget by 40%!!!! Then renovate Love Park.

  • Joe

    How about you take that $20 million and pay for more police!

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