About the Park
Cret Park is leased from the Department of Parks and Recreation and managed by the Center City District. Revenues generated by the café serve as a source of funding for ongoing maintenance of Cret Park and other parkland and streetscape improvements along the Parkway.
The renovation of Cret Park began in 2003, when the CCD partnered with the City and the former owner of the adjacent Three Parkway office building on a first phase of landscape improvements to this triangular park. Those enhancements were completed in 2005 and consisted of new paving, a granite seating wall at the western point of the park, new benches along the Parkway, approximately 15 new trees and seasonal flowers, a new underground irrigation system and new pedestrian-scale lights.
The park is named after Paul Cret (pronounced "Cray"), one of the most influential individuals in Philadelphia architecture in the early part of the 20th Century. Cret arrived in the United States from France in 1903 to teach architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture. He prepared many of the original plans and drawings for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and also designed the Rodin Museum, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the original Barnes Foundation building in Lower Merion, and was responsible for the renovation of Rittenhouse Square, creating the park that Philadelphians and visitors from throughout the world enjoy today.
Sculptures in Cret Park: Three Way Piece Number 1: Points, by Henry Moore; Three Discs, One Lacking, by Alexander Calder; The Prophet, by Jacob Lipkin.
Capriccio Café and Espresso Bar at Cret Park has an extensive menu, including local Philadelphia products, like La Colombe coffee, LeBus breads, Gilda’s Biscotti, Lore’s Chocolates and Bassetts Ice Cream.More Info
You can rent bikes at Cret Park and explore the Benjamin Franklin Parkway!More Info
For information about hosting an activity or event at Capriccio at Cafe Cret, visit CapriccioCafe.com or call 215.735.9797.