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Hundreds Gather At Lovett Park In Philadelphia To Watch Olympics

(Credit: Mike Dougherty)

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By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – About 300 people grabbed a spot on the lawn at Lovett Park on Germantown Avenue to watch the opening ceremony on a 12-foot television screen.

Lucy, originally from just outside London, came with her husband and sons.

“I think we actually get a better view from it here, watching it on TV, than you would if you were there.”

Roxborough resident Glenn Ochal is in London as a member of the U.S. rowing team. His four-year-old niece Lilly and her mother Cathy are here.

“She can’t wait to see him rowing and she hopes that he comes home with a medal for her to try on,” Cathy said they will be up very early Monday morning to watch Ochal’s event.

Anuj Gupta worked with the free library to put this together.

“Folks are looking for something relatively afforable, family-friendly to do in their own neighborhood. And that’s what this provides.”

They actually have movie screenings here every Friday during the summer. Anuj is planning another Olympic night here and perhaps other sporting events.

“If the Phillies ever climb out of last place and make the playoffs, we’ll do an outdoor screening of the playoff games.”

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