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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of the busiest play parks in Philadelphia is back for its ninth season.

Franklin Square has awakened from its winter slumber.  Staffers have wiped the dust off the carousel animals, the marble fountain is going full blast, and the “Square Burger” shack is open.

Since bringing this once lonely outpost back from the dead in 2006, Historic Philadelphia has continued to add to the tourist attractions. President and CEO Amy Needle (at left in photo below) says even more is in store for this year.

“We’re going to have several food truck events — ‘Food Truck Festivuses,’ as we call them, with beer  gardens.  We’re also going to have movie nights, kids’ concerts, and yoga,” she told KYW Newsradio today.

(Amy Needle, president of Historic Philadelphia, left, and "Ben Franklin" help a young visitor to Franklin Square plant flowers.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

(Amy Needle, president of Historic Philadelphia, left, and “Ben Franklin” help a young visitor to Franklin Square plant flowers. Photo by Paul Kurtz)

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Also, lots of free events to coincide with the Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends.

Last year more than one million visitors poured into the park.  Historic Philadelphia officials say they are hoping to top that number this year.

 

 

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