The promise of a completed Dilworth Park is finally coming to fruition.
The lawn, the second public transit entrance, a new seating area and a crosswalk to The Ritz, which weren't ready at the time of the grand opening on September 4, will be open to the public starting late next week, officials announced Wednesday.
On Oct. 28 the fountains, which is the center piece of the city hall park, will be turned off for the season.
"We've got to drain and winterize our water system," said Paul Levy, head of the Center City District. "And then we will begin to install the platform over the fountain and install the rink."
The "Rothman Institute Ice Rink," which will sit on top of the main fountain and will hold several hundred skaters, is slated for a Nov. 14 opening, he said.
"We will bring in our own chillers, our own special Dilworth zamboni machine, a warming tent and a skate rental area," Levy said.
The rink will be open 7 days a week until Feb. 22, 2015.
An elevator, which brings residents to the transit platforms below, should open along with the remaining 10 percent of the park by Thanksgiving, he said.
The park, which was slated to open in the spring, met delays due to last winter's heavy snowfalls and unexpected construction obstacles.
Monday through Thursday it will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Fridays it will be open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
On Saturday it will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
On Sunday, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It will be open on all holidays, but on a holiday-specific schedule.
Children ages 10 and under will be charged $3 for admission. Adult admission is $4. Skate rental will be $8.
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