LOVE Park officially closes today to begin construction on a $16.5 million renovation. And at last week's groundbreaking, Mayor Jim Kenney announced one final hurrah for the park when he removed the decades-long skateboarding ban until February 15.
Local videographer Cory J. Popp captured skateboarders as they took to the park, getting in one final ride before today's closure. An interview with one skateboarder adds a nice touch, as he explains the significance of lifting the ban, if just for a few days: "We love the freedom, the rebel-ness, we love the life and enjoyment of brotherly love. And to come here in Love Park and enjoy ourselves on our own skateboards, you feel a sense of comfort and family."
Wondering where the LOVE sculpture will go during the renovations? It'll have a temporary location at Dilworth Park across the street starting February 23.