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With Fanfare, Philadelphia's Renovated ''Sister Cities Park'' Reopens

By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Philadelphia officials have officially opened a newly renovated park on Logan Square, at 18th and Race Streets.

Today, a bunch of schoolkids watched their wooden boats zip along the surface of a pond, one of many new features in Sister Cities Park.

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(Credit: Paul Kurtz)


Officials cut the ribbon one year to the day after ground was broken on the $5-million project that's designed to draw visitors through a variety of amenities (see previous story).

Center City District president and CEO Paul Levy (second from left in top photo) says the centerpiece of the refurbished park is a fountain that celebrates the ten international "sister cities" with which Philadelphia shares a relationship.

"At the very center is the City of Philadelphia," Levy notes.  "Each of the ten sister cities you will find marked on the stone, with their mileage and kilometers from Philadelphia. Each has their own water jet that will go varying heights based on their population."

The new park also offers a café, a visitors' center, and lots of green space.

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