4 Injured After Falling Through Ice At Dilworth Park Lake

By: Fritz Algard

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It was a cold awakening for four Philadelphians this morning after they fell through the ice while skating on Dilworth Park Lake.

Dilworth Park, which finished its construction in 2014, sits on the west side of City Hall. It has become home to popup cafés, fountains, community arts events, and in the winter, Rothman Ice Rink. The rink was formed after recent freezing temperatures developed a thick layer of skating friendly ice over the man-made lake, built to bring a sense of serenity to its fast-paced city surroundings. But this morning proved to be anything but serene.

At approximately 11:50am, three adults and one toddler fell through into its icy chambers leaving a 2-year-old in critical condition. The remaining victims have been taken to Pennsylvania Hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

A City Official District spokesperson who was on the committee responsible for the lake’s construction blamed the inconsistent weather temperatures for making the ice unreliable and hazardous for skating.

It’s safe to say that Center City District Officials are on thin ice. More on this story as it develops.