Rittenhouse Square has not lost its original character largely because of the businesses and individuals who make up the Friends of Rittenhouse Square. The Friends have taken on the bulk of the financial responsibility to sustain Rittenhouse Square, ensuring the park and neighborhood remain vibrant.
On an annual basis the Friends fund:
Supplemental seasonal maintenance staff
Excess seasonal trash removal
The Friends also fund special projects to address the ever-changing needs of the Square.
Past projects have included:
Restoring sculptures and the fountain tile mosaic
Repairing perimeter iron fencing
Building the guardhouse
Renovating the gardener’s cottage
Upgrading LED lamppost lighting
Installing a security camera system
Installing additional interior lampposts
Restoring historic urns
Adding decorative lighting for statues and architectural features
Repairing and restoring park entrance stonework and the central limestone balustrade