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University of Pennsylvania Edward W. Kane Park

Sectors

Campuses, Parks and Open Spaces

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

University of Pennsylvania

Location

Philadelphia, PA

Status

Complete

Completion

2013

Site Area

22,500 SF

This triangular park is located at the intersection of 33rd, 34th, and Spruce Streets on the University of Pennsylvania campus. As a key gateway location for both the university and its hospitals, the park creates a green oasis at this busy juncture. The design addresses visual connections and pedestrian safety and provides respite for students, hospital employees, and visitors. The green triangle manages stormwater on site through the use of pervious pavers and extensive planting areas. Sugar maples line the walks, and American hollies are planted at the western terminus of the park. A white garden of native plantings surrounds the lawn ellipse in the center of the space, providing a spot for a sunny day picnic with a backdrop of flowering trees and spring bulbs.

The transformation of this space from parking lot to park provided an opportunity to manage stormwater on site and transform the site from 90 percent impervious to 90 percent pervious. 

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