Hidden corners of quiet on campus

Daycare at Penn Class of 1959 Walk in Memorial Garden Photo Credit: Greg Johnson

After a winter of abominable snow, spring has finally arrived, bringing the promise of sunny days, clear skies and warm weather in the coming months. Take the time to enjoy the great outdoors at a few campus quiet spots before the mugginess of August arrives.

Mosey down Locust Walk and experience the little piece of paradise that links College Green and 36th Street Walk. Stroll past the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, headed toward the new Annenberg Public Policy Center and you’ll notice a peace sign sculpture near a paved brick pathway flanked with benches and flowering trees. The shady path is the Class of 1959 Walk in Memorial Garden, funded in part by the 50th reunion class gift of the Class of 1959. The peace sign was installed in November of 1969 while students were preparing for an anti-Vietnam War demonstration on College Green. The walkway also includes a memorial commemorating Penn alumni who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Another oasis sits nearby, at the intersection of 37th Street and Locust Walk. There you’ll find the Class of 1959 Plaza. Overlaid with materials from the demolished Annenberg School plaza, the mall is part of the University’s sustainable landscaping initiative to promote responsible ecological planning and development.

Don’t miss out on Chancellor Walk, a tiled path dotted with wooden benches, located next to the new state-of-the-art Music Building, at 201 S. 34th St. Nearby you’ll find sets of tables and chairs perfect for lunching al fresco.

Try exploring the small courtyard near the Wistar Institute, at 3601 Spruce St., and don’t forget the tables and chairs next to the ARCH House at 3601 Locust Walk.

Originally published on May 20, 2010