The Penn Compact in Action
Phase I of the University's Penn Connects plan is underway, with the development of Penn Park, a $40 million urban landscape project that will bring much-needed open and athletic space to University City.
The Park, bound by Walnut and South streets, the Schuylkill River and Penn's main campus, will cover 24 acres and replace 14 acres of asphalt parking lots once owned by the United States Postal Service. The plan includes open fields, sprint turf fields, a softball stadium, a dozen tennis courts and an enclosed seasonal air structure. The 190-foot Weave Bridge will connect the Park with recreation and athletic facilities on the southern edge of campus.
Penn President Amy Gutmann says the open space will have tremendous environmental benefits for the campus and the city. "Penn Park will dramatically enhance our athletic and recreational amenities, create a beautiful new campus gateway and further link University City and Center City," she said.
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The Penn Compact
The Penn Compact embodies Penn's vision for making our University both a global leader in teaching, research, and professional practice, as well as a dynamic agent of social, economic, and civic progress.