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Philly Gets Greener With New Penn Park

University of Pennsylvania opened it's new 24-acre park Thursday.

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    Philly Gets Greener With New Penn Park
    NBC Philadelphia/Lou Dubois
    The new Penn Park was unveiled on the University of Pennsylvania campus Thursday and opened to the public.

    The city of Philadelphia has become a little bit greener thanks to a new park at the University of Pennsylvania.

    The Ivy League school on Thursday cut the ribbon on Penn Park, which features a stadium, athletic fields, tennis courts, jogging paths, trees and open space.

    Penn President Amy Gutmann has described the $40 million project as a welcoming gateway from downtown to the university campus. She says the park promotes responsible land use and healthy lifestyles.

    Fourteen of the park's 24 acres used to be a parking lot for the U.S. Postal Service. The rest were pre-existing Penn athletic facilities.

    The park is part of the school's 30-year, $6 billion plan to overhaul its campus. Penn Park is open to the public.