Built in 2011, Penn Park is comprised of 24 acres of athletic fields and open space situated to the east of the University of Pennsylvania’s academic campus, just a 15-minute walk from your apartment. The park includes two synthetic turf athletic fields, a multi-purpose stadium, a 12-court tennis center, and an informal, natural grass playing field. Complete with a large, surface parking lot and framed by patches of canopy trees, Penn Park’s raised landforms support various pathways that connect to pedestrian bridges that link the park to Walnut Street, the River Fields across the Weave Bridge, as well as Penn’s Main Campus.
Our University City apartments aren’t just near Penn Park but several other area green spaces for you to enjoy. Located only 10 minutes from the Old Quaker Building, Drexel Park is a 2.5-acre, public green space next to the Drexel University campus. Formerly the Consolidated Laundry industrial site, Drexel Park was completed in 2008 as a recreational facility for Drexel students and the surrounding community. The park consists of tree-shaded walking paths, lighting, and benches. An ideal spot to just hang out, walk with your dog, or plan an event. Drexel Park is available for rental through Drexel’s Facility Management office.
Also, nearby you’ll find Clark Park. Established in 1895, Clark Park is located in the heart of University City, right next to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. In the late 19th century the land was owned by Clarence H. Clark, the first president of the First National Bank of Philadelphia and a founder of the Union League. Originally used as a dumping ground in the late 19th century, Clark’s land between 42nd and Locust Streets was later condemned in 1894. To ease the tax assessment against his property, Clark donated the land to the city on the grounds that it be developed as a public park. Today, Clark Park covers nine acres with more than 300 trees spread throughout. Take advantage of the park’s attractions and events throughout the year, such as shopping at the popular Clark Park Farmer’s Market or the Clark Park Flea Market, enjoying the park’s Music and Arts Festival, or taking in Shakespeare and other outdoor theatrical performances. Just a mile and a half from the Old Quaker Building, Clark Park is a great place to spend an afternoon!
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