March 6, 2009
In a city struggling for some good news, it was welcome timing for the University of Pennsylvania to announce plans to spend $40 million to convert 14 acres of bleak asphalt lots into a green space complete with park land, athletic fields, and tennis courts. The area targeted for the makeover is located along the Schuylkill between Walnut and South Streets. The space - to be known as Penn Park - is now a parking lot once used by the U.S. Postal Service. When complete in 2011, the space will combine with existing athletic fields to create a 24-acre park.
October 6, 2010
Turner Construction Co., New York, said it has been selected to provide construction management services for the University of Pennsylvania's planned Penn Park development in West Philadelphia. The $30 million project is to be a recreation space for Penn students and local residents and is to include two artificial-turf fields, a natural-turf field, a volleyball court, and 12 tennis courts. - Paul Schweizer
September 22, 2012 |
On a busy Friday evening at rush hour, I took a pleasant stroll from the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus into Center City. I've made the trip hundreds of times before, at all hours of the day, but pleasant is not a word I would have ever used to describe the experience of trekking through that urban Sahara. Terrifying, perhaps. Oppressive, definitely. Normally, I would have slogged, like so many students and Penn employees, down Walnut Street, navigating a sequence of dreary railroad viaducts, before joining the stream of refugees marching single-file on the Walnut Street Bridge's narrow sidewalks, as cars whizzed by at interstate speeds.
May 31, 2013 |
THREE YEARS AGO, Penn Rugby held its practices at Hill Field, an area one-third the size of a regulation rugby field, while traveling 20 minutes to Fairmount Park for home matches. The same team that coped with terrible field conditions and the inconvenience of traveling to home games is now competing in its first USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC), set for tomorrow and Sunday at PPL Park in Chester. And the team has to give credit to their home turf, Penn Park. "This is one of the best fields in the Ivy League and one of the best fields around; definitely the best field in Philadelphia," second-year coach Omar Foda said of Penn Park, which opened in 2011.
October 2, 2015 |
IT'S LATE afternoon at Penn Park, and Penn's football team is in the midst of another two-hour practice. Rain is in the forecast, and the skies are growing darker. At the far end of the field, 4-year-old Vhito DeCapria comes bounding through the entrance gate, holding his mother Ashley's hand. He's full of energy, wide-eyed, raring to go, a perpetual smile on his face. He's hard not to notice. Soon he and his brother Vinnie, who's a few years older, will be running up and down the sidelines as only youngsters can, playing their games.
September 17, 2012 |
University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann stepped to the lectern and laid out some of her ambitions for the years ahead, including building a new residence hall with a sloping lawn and state-of-the-art facilities. "I'm hoping to announce a naming gift for that this year," Gutmann confidently told the 350 Penn alumni and parents at a Manhattan gathering last week. When laughter rippled through the room, Gutmann convincingly followed: "It's only $50 million. I'm pretty sure it's going to happen.
March 4, 2009 |
A 14-acre stretch of former U.S. Postal Service parking lots in West Philadelphia is set to get a green makeover, transforming it to open space and athletic fields. The University of Pennsylvania announced yesterday that it would spend $40 million to convert the asphalt lots into Penn Park, consisting of open space, four athletic fields, a dozen tennis courts, and other features. Combined with existing athletic fields, the park will total 24 acres, officials said. The area - bounded by Walnut Street, South Street, the Schuylkill, and the university's main campus - will be designed by landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, officials said.
September 16, 2011 |
Jessica Melendez, a member of the varsity softball team at the University of Pennsylvania, surveyed the 24 acres of new athletic fields at Penn Park and expressed giddy enthusiasm. "I feel like I'm in Disney World," the 20-year-old junior said. "Everything came out amazing. " Maybe part of the excitement was practicing against a spectacular evening view of the Center City skyline right across the Schuylkill. And all the grass, real and synthetic, was so green. Penn officials celebrated the official opening Thursday of the $46.5 million collection of fields, a multipurpose stadium, tennis courts, and walkways that serves as the latest people-friendly connection between Center City and University City, and ultimately the rest of West Philadelphia.
August 27, 2015 |
With so many new faces all around him since the departure of former coach Al Bagnoli, there is one face that Bagnoli successor Ray Priore is really happy to see. Junior quarterback Alek Torgersen, who made his first start in the final game of his freshman season, stepped in as the starter and performed admirably. His 2,689 passing yards last season are the third most in a season in school history, and his 2,875 yards in total offense rank second all-time. His 260 completions are second-most in school history, with the junior completing 61.8 percent of his passes.
November 6, 2009 |
The University of Pennsylvania will begin construction today of its epic 24-acre Penn Park, the centerpiece of its 30-year master plan involving land it acquired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2004. The $46 million riverfront development project on the eastern edge of campus will include athletic fields, tennis courts, bike trails, and a multilevel elevated walk. It will increase the urban university's green space by 20 percent. Replacing bland asphalt lots and an old industrial site, the project will help to transform the landscape of West Philadelphia, and link the university's main campus with bustling Center City.