lovett library and park

Mt. Airy’s beloved Lovett Memorial Library opened in 1887, an independent facility dedicated to Thomas Lovett, who’d owned the land on which the library was built.

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—which has now happened twice.

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 reopened in May 2018.

That summer, we did our best to overcome challenges presented by rain and unexpected construction to have a good first season of programming in the renovated park. Events in 2018 included Music Mondays, Wellness Wednesdays, the Mt. Airy Holistic Health Fair, the inaugural Philly Family Pride Picnic & Arts Festival, and the Planning Commission’s final public meeting for the Upper Northwest District Plan.

In 2019, we saw our first full season of events with the Monday Market & Beer Garden series, the Mt. Airy Groove (our annual fundraiser, featuring Cedric Napoleon of Pieces of a Dream), Moonlight Movies, the second Philly Family Pride Picnic, a free Yoga in the Park series, and the United Nations Philadelphia Chapter’s annual picnic.

In 2020, we’re planning a revised version of the market, to be called Go Mt. Airy Markets, another run of Yoga in the Park, and much more. Stay tuned for a full list of confirmed dates, but as of this early writing, so far it looks like…

  • Thursday, May 28, 4-10pm – Go Mt. Airy Market
  • Saturday, June 6, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Monday, June 8, 4-10pm – Go Mt. Airy Market
  • Saturday, June 13, 10am-4pm – Philly Family Pride Picnic & Arts Festival
  • Saturday, June 20, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Thursday, June 25, 4-10pm – Go Mt. Airy Market
  • Saturday, June 27, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Saturday, July 11, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Monday, July 13, 4-10pm – Go Mt. Airy Market
  • Saturday, July 18, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Thursday, July 23, 4-10pm – Go Mt. Airy Market
  • Saturday, July 25, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Saturday, August 1, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Saturday, August 8, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Monday, August 10, 4-10pm – Go Mt. Airy Market
  • Saturday, August 15, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Saturday, August 22, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Thursday, August 27, 4-10pm – Go Mt. Airy Market
  • Saturday, August 29, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Saturday, September 5, 10-11am – Yoga in the Park
  • Monday, September 14, 4-10pm – Go Mt. Airy Market
  • Thursday, September 24, 4-10pm – Go Mt. Airy Market
  • October date TBD – Mt. Airy CDC 40th Anniversary Gala
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