From July 5 through August 26, the outbound outer lanes of the Parkway will be closed between 20th Street and Art Museum Drive to create additional space for walkers and bikers and to make way for large-scale mural installations.
The idea for expanding the seasonal park beyond the perimeter of Eakins Oval came after the popularity of recent events and murals on the Oval. More than 40 percent of visitors requested more family-friendly activities, officials from the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department said.
Partial road closures will also address ongoing safety concerns. In the past, people have expressed concerns about crossing multiple lanes of traffic, especially with small children, to reach the summer events in Eakins Oval. More information about the Oval+ Project can be found at: https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/The-Oval-Expands-into-Benjamin-Franklin-Parkway-487427051.html