Mt. Airy’s beloved Lovett Memorial Library opened in 1887, an independent facility founded as a memorial to Thomas Lovett, who purchased the land at Germantown Avenue and Sedgwick Street 20 years prior. The library is situated on a property that also includes a roughly one-acre park, defined on the Lovett deed to remain a park in perpetuity, with the lone exception of the library’s expansion.
After entering the Free Library of Philadelphia’s network in 1924, an addition was built in 1961. In 2016, the library closed for an 18-month renovation and expansion as part of two initiatives: Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, and Reimagining the Civic Commons. The William Penn Foundation has generously supported both initiatives, with additional funding from the Knight Foundation for Civic Commons.
While the Free Library of Philadelphia built an expansion for a children’s library onto the library building, Mt. Airy CDC partnered with Fairmount Park Conservancy to invigorate and activate the park grounds, transforming it into the community center it’s destined to be at its location in the exact heart of Mt. Airy. The library reopened in December 2017, and with a first week that included the Go Mt. Airy Garden Party and five nights of Parks on Tap, Lovett Park opened in May 2018.
Lovett Park Calendar
Our plan is to bring family-friendly events to Lovett Park with regularity, beginning with Music Mondays and Wellness Wednesdays in spring and summer 2018. There are also some great one-off events planned, like the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition spring mixer (Friday, May 18), Mt. Airy Holistic Health Fair (Saturday, June 9), Rep. Rabb’s Summer Kickoff (Saturday, June 16) and more. Bookmark this page for the calendar below, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date.
And if you’ve got an idea for a great community event, hit the form at the bottom of this page to let us know!
Submit your event for Lovett Park
Do you or your organization have an idea for a great community event? We’d love to hear from you. Fill out the form below: