Water Management

About 70% of the Penn Park site was previously asphalt and concrete paving, which channeled stormwater into the city's combined sewer and storm system. Penn Park will increase campus open space by 20% and feature a rich mix of new athletic fields and public recreation amenities. The use of pervious pavements and open fields has the capacity to capture over 13,000 cubic feet of stormwater at the ground level during a rain event, reducing the burden on the city's treatment plants and keeping Philadelphia's rivers cleaner. Additional stormwater capacity will be provided by incorporating green roofs on new buildings, consistent with the recommendation of the US Green Building Council.