PENN PARK
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2008–2011)
Nestled between two regional rail lines on the Schuylkill riverfront, Penn Park is a low-lying 24-acre site on the eastern edge of the University of Pennsylvania campus. Located at the terminus of Locust and Smith walks, the site’s primary program is an expansion of Penn’s athletic facilities—it including two multipurpose artificial fields, a softball field, a natural grass hockey field, twelve tennis courts, a press box, concession stands, restrooms, and spectator seating.

A system of large sculptural landforms organizes the site, choreographing pedestrian circulation and connecting the park to the campus and the city. The curvilinear landforms articulate discrete areas for each sports field, while their ridges create pedestrian connections to the higher-elevation surroundings, with long views into the park and to the city beyond. Interspersed between the fields and the landforms are smaller park spaces, planted loosely with canopy trees, for passive recreation and relaxation.

Links:
Architects Newspaper - "Town, Gown, and Park"
ASLA Dirt - "Penn Park"
The Daily Pennsylvanian - "Penn Park"
NBC - "Penn Park Brings 'Green' to University City"
Philadephia Inquirer - "Penn's New Park"
Penn Gazette - "Penn Connected"
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