Welcome to Penn Park

It’s a stunning reimagination of a former industrial site, an increase of the green space on campus by 20 percent and a way to connect Center City with West Philadelphia. It’s Penn Park.

Penn Park before construction

Steve Belfiglio

The Penn Park site in September of 2008.

Penn Park after construction

Steve Belfiglio

The Penn Park site in August of 2011.

Brought to fruition by Penn President Amy Gutmann, the 24-acre site is now open to student-athletes and intramural sports clubs, joggers and picnickers, and everyone in the Penn and Philadelphia communities.

To read an interview with Edward Sidor, director of design and construction for Penn's Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services, click here.

Michael J. Diorka, associate athletic director/facility management for Penn Athletics, talks about how Penn Park will enhance the practice and play space for the University's sports teams.

Have questions about the new site? We have answers to FAQs, here.

Read here about the Penn Park site during Philadelphia's industrial era.

Read the Philadelphia Inquirer story about the new green space, which includes a video of Penn President Amy Gutmann describing the site.

Get a closer glimpse of Penn Park here, in a video produced by University Communications.

Watch a slideshow of images from the opening celebration.

Originally published on September 15, 2011