Final day for the NFL draft on the Parkway

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Final day for the NFL draft on the Parkway. Trish Hartman reports during Action News at 6 on April 29.

It's been a record-setting event with Philadelphia in the national spotlight. But the NFL draft comes to end tonight.

People came to experience the draft here on the Parkway and things are wrapping up today with a scorcher.

If you didn't have a shady seat in front of all the action, there were other places to keep cool along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Amber Lloyd of Wilmington, Delaware said, "It's very warm right now. This is perfect for the kids. She's been playing in it for like 20 mins over there. She loves it."

It was perfect for some of the adults in the crowd too!

Rob Bernardo of Barrington, Rhode Island said, "Sprinkler was very nice. We appreciate it. Thank the city for me, will ya?"

Those misters were a last minute addition according to city officials. More water filling stations were added too, in hopes of keeping the crowd hydrated and safe.

Philadelphia Deputy Fire Commissioner Gary Loesch said, "We've had a few people transported to local hospitals. But all in all, even those they were minor injuries or heat related. For the most part the water has really helped. Obviously the kids are out playing in it right now."

Many families came prepared and came down to enjoy the final day of the NFL Draft in Philadelphia. For this New Jersey family - supporting three different teams - there was something for each of them.

Donna Meccia of Point Pleasant, New Jersey said, "We're individuals. Everybody has their own likes."

The Eagles' fans we spoke with are encouraged by the team's picks, and excited about the upcoming season.

Matt Lachs of University City said, "I like the fact that they're working on the defense which has been a problem the past two years. "

Many fans are already lobbying for the draft's return to Philadelphia next year.

Elijah Griffin of Royersford, Pennsylvania added, "It's a great thing for the city. I think we should get a second go-round just like Chicago did. I think we're setting the standard. We're setting the tone now for every city who holds the draft."

The breakdown of the stages and tents will start tonight, but city fire officials say it'll take a few days - possibly as long as a week before everything is cleaned up and back to normal.
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