Penn Park

Penn Park

Steve Belfiglio

Penn Park is 24 acres of continuous open space on the eastern edge of campus that includes athletic and recreational fields owned and operated by the University. This new amenity, bordered by Walnut Street to the north, South Street to the south, Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor rail line to the east and SEPTA’s Regional Rail line to the west, is connected to 10 acres of pre-existing Penn athletic facilities.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we stroll through Penn Park.


Acres of asphalt purchased by Penn from the United States Post Office to build the park.


Watts of energy saved per hour through the park’s state-of-the-art green lighting system.


Hours per day that the park is open: 6 a.m. to midnight.


Average gallons of storm water that will be collected annually by the park’s underground cisterns.


Number of new trees planted at the park, including white pines, metasequoia, larch, balsam pine, catalpa, hackberry and swamp white oak.


Square feet of synthetic athletic fields at the site.


Square feet of grass seed planted.


Acres of open green fields at the park.


Number of seats in the multipurpose stadium.


Number of jobs Penn Park created for area residents, translating to a nearly $70 million economic impact for the city. 

Originally published on September 15, 2011