Editor’s note: This article was originally published on November 17, 2017 and has since been updated with the most recent information.
Update: As of Friday, November 24, sales of the LOVE granite blocks at the Christmas Village were put on hold, due to “unforeseen circumstances” that involve production rights. “We hope to resolve this issue quickly in order to make the blocks available for purchase before the holidays,” the Parks and Recreation Department said in a statement. If and when the commemorative gifts, former pieces of granite from the old LOVE Park, are available, purchases will be limited to two per person.
Philly’s Parks and Recreation Department just announced that it will be selling special commemorative pieces of granite engraved with the iconic LOVE sculpture at this year’s Christmas Village. The three-by-three-inch blocks were salvaged from the original landscape of LOVE Park, which was designed by Bacon and architect Vincent Kling in 1965. It’s been closed to the public for more than a year while undergoing major renovations.
The parks department teamed up with SkatePhilly to salvage the 150,000 pounds of granite during construction. Spike’s Awards then used the material to create the commemorative blocks, which will cost $50 a pop.
That money will go toward maintenance of Philly’s existing skate parks and continued construction at LOVE Park, which will soft open this month to host the Christmas Village and officially reopen in spring 2018.
You’ll find the granite keepsakes at the Christmas Village Information Hut at Love Park starting on Friday, November 24. There are only 250 pieces, so don’t be surprised if there’s a mad Black Friday dash to score a piece of the park.