At Franklin Square, summer programming is back with more safety measures

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Outdoor summer programming is back at a Philadelphia park, but it will look a lot different this year. 

Franklin Square at Sixth and Race streets in Philadelphia is hosting a variety of activities for people of all ages to have fun in a safe manner.

At the center of the park is the historic fountain, where the water dances every half an hour to music. Extra shows have been added this year from noon to 9 p.m.  

Because of the pandemic, the horses you can ride on the carousel are limited, and the ones you can hop on have to wear masks too.  

Hand sanitizer stations and reminders to keep 6 feet apart from others are positioned throughout the park.

There will be yoga programs this year, a beer and cocktail garden, and food and shakes for sale. Miniature golf is a favorite too.

Amy Needle, president and CEO of Historic Philadelphia — the nonprofit that runs — Franklin Square, says public support is greatly needed.

“Historic Philadelphia the nonprofit lost about $1.5 million during the height of the pandemic because things were closed. Our city funding was cut, so we need peple,” she said.

For those who want to support the organization, Needle says you can do so during their annual fundraiser, An Evening In Franklin Square, which will be done virtually.