Penn Park Opening
Neither gray skies nor a blustery cold front could cloud the sunny smiles or curb the enthusiasm of those who came out to enjoy the opening of Penn Park. In fact, a rainbow crowned the closing of the event.

Perhaps the brightest smile of all belonged to Penn President Amy Gutmann as she thanked the many people who helped to make the park a reality.

"Seeing is believing: With your strong support, Penn has transformed an asphalt parking lot into a bit of paradise for our entire community," she said during the celebration on Sept. 15., topped off with a commemorative tree planting with Penn trustees, project donors and elected officials. Following the planting, Gutmann was escorted by Penn cheerleaders, the Quaker mascot and the Penn Band to the center of the park where she cut a ribbon held by athletes and coaches in an official opening to the new athletic fields.

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Photos by Scott Spitzer, Video by Kurtis Sensenig, Office of University Communications
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