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Philadelphia summer parks: Last chance opportunities

A setting summer sun shimmers and glows
A setting summer sun shimmers and glows
Kathy Martin (

While the calendar officially ends summer on September 22nd, the eve of the Autumnal equinox, summer thoughts of play seems to end sooner and sooner each year. Schools are starting and with it a quickened pulse and unbalanced rhythm to the city. But wait, there are several last chance happenings and opportunities to court summer fun in all of its silliness and shimmer before the season closes.

All aboard, and paddle

The Delaware River waterfront has hosted much delight this summer for relaxing fun. But if you feel the need to retune and rebalance your mind and body, note the August 30th deadline for your last chance to try, or improve your mastery of, Paddleboard Yoga. Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga classes, offered on Saturday afternoons, will end their season of balanced fun at the Spruce Street Harbor Park. Penn’s Landing enjoyed lots of success in bringing skills and smiles to many with this its fourth year of The Paddle Penn’s Landing program. Young and old, couples and groups, enjoyed the opportunity to see Penn’s Landing from a different view. But alas, it is almost time for the kayaks, single and tandem, as well as, the made-for-two swan boats, to also end their season on September 7th. Between now and then, the Penn’s Landing Marina is the place to go, for fun in the sun, and on the water, glee.

Pop by parks of summer

Pop-up parks and gardens were all the rage in Philly this summer, but even some of these well designed, garden environments will need to close their imaginary doors. One of the finest places to absorb the shimmer of summer is Morgan’s Pier on the waterfront. August 29th is its end for the season. That also means an end to the fresh fare of Chef David Gilberg’s summer inspired menu, enjoyed by many an alfresco diner, under the gaze of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Hold on to that summer feeling, if just by your taste buds. Neighboring pop-up summer park, Spruce Street Harbor Park, will also soon close for the season on August 31st. This Delaware River waterfront haven followed the great success of its polar cousin, the Winterfest pop up at Penn’s Landing. Well-loved for the variety of relaxing sanctuaries by the river, Spruce Street Harbor Park will soon roll up its hammock garden and gather up its garden greens. So head quickly, if you are going, to your urban beach and Philly boardwalk of this favorite pop-up spot. September 14th is also an end to the summer concerts in the park at Kahn Park off 11th Street. Following a fine season and great musically variety, the free concerts in the park series ends with the Merion Concert Band. The sun is setting earlier every day, at least for a while. So be sure hold onto as much of the summer sun as you can, in fond memories of memorable summer parks. But hurry.