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Greening Up Grant Street

Clark Hall’s south lawn, behind the wall, and the new humanities building are at left in this Grant Street Park rendering.

Clark Hall’s south lawn, behind the wall, and the new humanities building are at left in this Grant Street Park rendering. (credit JMT).

 In its more than a decade at the center of major campus construction, the portion of Grant Street from 11th Street to Pratt Drive (Clark Hall to Ackerman Hall) has traded vehicle traffic for foot traffic. Soon, asphalt will give way to a new campus green space, Grant Street Park, with construction set to begin this summer.

Complete with a serpentine walkway and plenty of seating, the park is intended as a gathering and study area for students.

“We’re hoping we can shift some activities from the Oak Grove to this area, so wear and tear on the Oak Grove becomes a little less,” said Mike Brown, associate vice president for Facilities Management.

Pieces of Keith Hall will be part of a legacy arch in the park.

Hall will be part of a legacy arch in the park. (credit SmithGroupJJR)

Already, the path is bustling between the new humanities building and residence halls to the south, he said. “Don’t get caught there during a class change. It’s kind of the crossroads of campus right now.”

Another feature planned for the park is a structure incorporating two concrete archways salvaged from Keith Hall. Still in design, this legacy arch is expected to commemorate a number of former campus buildings and the people for whom they were named.

Grant Street Park plan view

An overhead view of the plan for Grant Street Park, a green space that will extend from 11th Street to Pratt Drive (credit JMT)

Envisioning benefits for future students, IUP’s Class of 2018 has made Grant Street Park the focus of its Senior Class Gift campaign. As a gift-match incentive, Terry Serafini ’61 has offered to add $10,000 to the campaign total if 100 members of each class (2018 to 2021) make a gift this year. For more details, send e-mail to iup-giving@iup.edu.