Penn Park, the new $46.5M outdoor space located between railroad tracks and railroad tracks on the eastern end of Penn’s campus, officially opened last week to much fanfare. The park, covering 24 acres and designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, contains play areas for both formal, organized sport, and informal play. There are also welcoming public spaces, new views of the city, and perhaps the greenest grass in Philadelphia. We took a stroll down there and were really impressed with what we saw.
Our one suggestion: Have a plan for getting down there if you plan to visit. Because the park is surrounded by train tracks, it can be a little tricky to find a way into the park if you don’t already know how. There are various weird ramps, staircases and bridges that provide access to the park, like the ramp that we used on Walnut St. that has wonderful views of I-76.