Built atop a reclaimed brownfield, Penn Park is attractive, filled with amenities, and sure to become a primary stop for undergraduate tour guides. Penn Park boasts tennis and softball facilities, plus two lighted turf fields with terrific views of the Center City skyline across the river. (The athletic facilities are only for Penn-affiliated users). Several grassy fields and a network of winding paths are available for public use. A handful of U-rack arrays are scattered around the park.
here, and information on the West Bank Connector here).
We were disappointed to see that Penn Park presents physical and regulatory barriers to bicycling. The park is currently accessible by three bridges: one coming off the Walnut Street Bridge, the Paley Bridge leading to the stadium to the west, and the Weave Bridge across the tracks to the south. Posted signs instruct bicyclists to walk their bikes on all three bridges, but bike riding is allowed on other park paths. A UPenn security officer at the opening confirmed this policy.
Strollers and little red wagons are, presumably, allowed on the bridge
It should be noted, however, that the smooth paths and (currently) lush adjacent grass make Penn Park an excellent place to take a child learning how to ride a bicycle.
In all, UPenn has created a park to bicycle to, but not through.