SUMR 16 Visits Historic Franklin Square

SUMR Blog

SUMR 16 Visits Historic Franklin Square

Scholars' Last Weekend Outing
image
In one of the last weekend excursions of the University of Pennsylvania's 2016 Summer Undergraduate Minority Research program (SUMR), a contingent of scholars paid a visit to Philadelphia's historic Franklin Square. Now named for Benjamin Franklin, the square was actually one of the original green areas laid out by William Penn who founded the city in the 1680s. Located at the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge that spans the Delaware River, the park is a popular recreation area that includes playgrounds, an old-time merry-go-round and center city's only miniature golf course.
image image image
The centerpiece of the golf course is a replica of Independence Hall (above, left). The other holes feature similar replicas of various historical landmarks. Above, right, SUMR scholar Christopher Koilor of Pennsylvania State University plays the Love Sculpture hole of the course as SUMR scholar Levi Bowers of Haverford College waits his turn.
image image
Teeing off at the Elfreth's Alley hole (above, left) are SUMR scholars Sarah Rudasill of Wake Forest University, Christopher Koilor, Levi Bowers, and Ana Bonilla Martinez of Rutgers University. Elfreth's Alley on the Delaware River waterfront is famed as the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the country -- its earliest strutures date to 314 years ago. Above, right, three others playing through are SUMR scholar Joseph Pecha of the University of Dallas and Kehinde Oyekanmi of Temple University, and Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) scholar Elliot Oblander.
image image
In the shadow of a large reproduction of the Liberty Bell (above, left) are Joseph Pecha, Kehinde Oyekanmi and Elliott Oblander. Above, right, Ana Bonilla Martinez puts the ball between the pillars of an icon of Philadelphia's China Town.
image image
One of the more curious holes includes a replica of the Ben Franklin Bridge and a large rocky outcropping that actually doesn't exist in real life. Knocking balls over the bridge and through the channel in the faux rocks are SUMR program Director Joanne Levy, Levi Bowers, Christopher Koilor, Sarah Radasill and Ana Bonilla Martinez. And, as in real golf courses, water traps (above, right) are an ever present danger.
image image
Gathered around the Liberty Bell (above, left) are Ana Bonilla Martinez, Levi Bowers, Elliot Oblander, Joseph Pecha, Kehinde Oyekanmi, Sarah Radasill and Christopher Koilor. Above, right, playing toward Independence Hall.
image image
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art replica hole (above, left), Joanne Levy cheers a near hole-in-one. Above, right, left behind in the park by the just-ended 2016 Democratic National Convention is one of the 57 life-sized donkeys created for that event. Each was decorated to celebrate a U.S. state or territory. This one hails the delights of Maine.
image image
Enjoying a ride on the fantastical creatures of the Franklin Square's Liberty Carousel (above, left) Koilor, Martinez, Radasill and Oykanmi go round and round. Above, right, at the center of the square is the fountain that was viewed as a technological wonder when it was built in 1838.