Willow Grove Park
Willow Grove Park is distinguished by its rich history as a development on the site of a famed Victorian-era amusement park, which put the town of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, on international maps. In its heyday, tens of thousands visited the Park daily to behold world-class concerts by such musical greats as John Philip Sousa, captivating colored Electric Fountain shows in the center of the Park’s expansive lake, and novel amusements, including roller coasters, toboggan rides and two magnificent carousels.
In 1982, the site was transformed into a thriving, fashion-forward shopping center, and the magic and excitement surrounding the original Park was reborn. Representational classic historical pieces, including a chiming carillon clock and a suspended fantasy carousel circling above a feature fountain, continue to be popular components of the mall’s décor and reminders of its vibrant heritage.
The Center’s recent Victorian-era inspired renovation was designed to echo the enchantment and elegance surrounding its ancestry. The renovation focal point, a new, spectacular Carousel ride, which mirrors the Park’s original Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousels, stands at the core of its own Third Level entrance and has delighted thousands of riders within its first few months of operations. The mall’s recently added fourth department store, Macy’s (the most fashion forward in the Philadelphia metro area), new multi-level parking deck with entrances to all three shopping levels, and redeveloped Grove Food Court featuring tables inlaid with original Willow Grove Park memorabilia, as well as the Nostaglic Mosaic Wall, build upon the excitement surrounding today’s Willow Grove Park.
The Center features more than 130 specialty retailers, including abercrombie, aerie, Apple, Aveda, Banana Republic, Coach, J. Crew, Lucky Brand Jeans, Uniqlo, Michael Kors, Pandora & Williams-Sonoma, and is anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Sears, Nordstrom Rack and JCPenney. The fashion leader’s inviting atmosphere and high quality retail mix carry on its tradition as a benchmark shopping and family entertainment destination within the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Willow Grove Park is a PREIT© Property.