Philly's Harbor Park a real gem for locals and tourists
It’s a beautiful summer afternoon on the boardwalk. You lean against the railing in this rare moment of peace and gently close your eyes; you turn your face up to the sun letting its rays warm your cheeks.
Father and son enjoy a spirited debate over a game of giant lawn chess. Bystanders chime in from the sidelines as a crowd gathers; everyone has a winning war strategy. A group of high school juniors play bocce ball; you smile, reminiscent, as a lad and his date flirt like – well, like teenagers!
A family is enjoying a picnic on the lawn chairs; large hammocks play host to a varied crowd. A couple whispers sweet nothings while snuggling; a young woman is enjoying a novel.
You imagine yourself lying there, listening to the rustling of leaves as the wind carries voices of children at play, the nearby fountain a refreshing backdrop to a bird’s song.
How easy it would be to just close your eyes for a minute, sinfully drifting towards the ultimate guilty pleasure, an afternoon slumber.
Fitting, that the city of brotherly love would give us a repose from our hectic lives; a place where class, race, and politics are forgotten; a place to find your community once again.
Welcome to Harbor Park, Philadelphia. Stay a while, won’t you?