Parks and urban green spaces lend beauty and quality of life to University City. Each of the parks in University City has its own unique character and encourages economic vitality, tourism, community development, reinvestment, education, and recreation.

Public Space

Barkan Park

Barkan Park is a small, green, open space with trees and grass.

Bartram's Garden

The oldest surviving botanic garden in North America.

Cedar Park

Small and unassuming, Cedar Park is nevertheless the center of a diverse and vibrant neighborhood.

Cira Green

A vibrant one acre park in the sky.

Clark Park

Filled with picnickers, sports players, and event-goers, Clark Park is the verdant epicenter of University City's parks.

Drexel Park

Drexel Park is a large public green space located on 32nd Street and Powelton Avenue, near Drexel University's campus.

Drexel Square

A park with pathways projecting the earth’s meridian lines, and fully-grown Dawn Redwood trees, shrubs and greenery flanking the perimeter.

Innovation Plaza

A pocket park between Market and Chestnut Streets along 37th Street.

Penn Park

Penn Park combines elements of sports activity with the opportunity for relaxation and informal play.

Saunders Park Greene

This small but popular park has, in recent years, evolved into a community destination.

Sporting Arenas

University City is home to numerous and diverse sporting arenas.


The Woodlands is a National Historic Landmark.