The vision of Schuylkill Yards officially became a reality during the groundbreaking Wednesday for a new public park that will serve as a gateway to Drexel University and University City.

Drexel Square is a 1.3-acre park across the street from 30th Street Station. It will be Philadelphia’s sixth square, complimenting the original five squares envisioned by William Penn when he first laid out our “Green Country Town.”

The park will serve as a gathering spot for the thousands of residents, students and workers who call University City home. As Brandywine Realty Trust CEO Jerry Sweeney said yesterday, Drexel Square is the “launching pad” and “centerpiece” of our burgeoning innovation-driven neighborhood.

Drexel Square is part of the broader master plan for Schuylkill Yards that calls for approximately 7 million square feet of office, research, retail and residential space. It was wonderful to see so many of the people who have worked so hard to make this plan a reality attend the groundbreaking along with so many dedicated champions of University City, including Mayor Jim Kenney, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, State Sen. Vincent Hughes and Della Clark. Check out some of the media coverage here, here and here.