Since Penn Park’s opening over a month ago, the University community has been using the space for athletic practices, student-run events and general recreation.
Students, staff and other community members participated in a charity softball tournament. Sixteen teams competed throughout the day and the winner took home a $500 cash prize.
Now that it’s been built, Penn Police will do what they can to ensure crime doesn’t come to Penn Park.
Penn Park has a multitude of benefits, but the question remains — will students actually go that far east to utilize it?
Upon stepping into Penn Park, it becomes clear that the space is dedicated to serve a purpose — to provide a space for organized games, and not for simple lounging. It’s not so much a park as a collection of fields.
Bounded by the cement and steel of urban traffic ways, Penn Park — which opened to fireworks and celebration on Sept. 15 — marks a historical development in Penn’s eastward expansion.
Penn has put up a paradise where there was once a parking lot, but will students and the surrounding community return to this Eden once its gates open?
The new softball field and outdoor tennis courts will be a major selling point to recruits.
Men’s club soccer captain Ben Wang recalls a spring day last year when field space was so limited, the team held practice on varsity baseball’s batting cage field. That will no longer be a problem with Penn Park.
Penn’s seasonal air structure will provide a large, heated space for use during the winter months — an amenity Penn has never experienced.
difficult to simulate game-like situations.
As Penn Park opens and you explore its many fine qualities, I hope it fills you with pride.
The Campus Loop Bus will operate between the Levy Tennis Pavilion in Penn Park and 40th Street between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The park, which officially opens Thursday, will add 14 acres to Penn’s campus and increase the University’s green space by 20 percent.
Penn Park, a 24-acre open space that combines traditional collegiate athletic facilities with casual recreation opportunities, will officially open on Thursday evening.