Unique Campus Park
Purdue is fortunate to have so much greenspace. Few universities have a park on their campuses. Horticulture Park, home to more than 300 types of trees and plants, provides a nearby escape, as well as academic experiences for many Purdue classes.
A hidden gem
The Jules Janick Horticulture Gardens are a source of knowledge and beauty for students and visitors, alike. The gardens are a living classroom. There, university classes meet, student workers and volunteers get hands-on training in garden maintenance, and visitors learn about garden plants and gardening techniques. And the gardens are a retreat. Their beauty and soothing atmosphere make them as much a place to enjoy as to learn. In just under half an acre, the gardens display a wide diversity of plants, including over 300 cultivars of annual flowers and garden vegetables. Visitors can see how cultivars perform in side-by-side plantings featuring many new cultivars. Since the gardens were established in 1982, collections have grown to encompass nearly 200 species of perennial flowers and foliage plants.
Academy Park is a landscaped pedestrian green space in the heart of the Purdue University campus that replaced a series of streets and parking lots. The five-acre tract includes new walks connecting the buildings surrounding the mall, parking for bicycles and some automobiles, and seating areas for students and staff. The seating areas are enhanced by flowering pear trees, which provide a pedestrian scaled space.
Retreat from the Summer Heat
Founders Park is a beautifully landscaped pedestrian mall with Purdue’s historical Loeb Fountain, an interactive water sculpture. Dedicated April 23, 1994 during Purdue’s 125th anniversary year, the park is larger than two acres and includes walks, trees, tables, seating, lighting, and retaining walls. The Loeb Fountain, originally located in front of Hovde Hall, is now the centerpiece of Founders Park. It can recycle up to 2,200 gallons of water per minute. Founders Park is named in recognition of the students, faculty, administrators, trustees, and benefactors who helped nurture the University in its early years.
Picnic with Beautiful Art
Take a minute to slow down and relax at Pickett Park. Here you can enjoy the serenity and landscape as you step away from the hustle and bustle to a convenient location right here at Purdue. Bring a picnic or a good book to the corner of Stadium Ave. and McCormick Rd. Pickett Park is available for reservation to groups and organizations affiliated with the University. Pickett Memorial Park is named for the late Dean Pickett, a student at Purdue. He died in July 1969 in Yosemite National Park when a ledge he was standing on gave way. His parents, Robert and Margaret Pickett, established the park in 1971 to memorialize their son and his great love of the outdoors. In the spring of 1998, the class of 1999 renovated the park.
Colossal Model of the Universe
The Visiting Our Solar System interactive exhibit in Discovery Park is the design of the sun, which is 45 feet in diameter. Surrounding the VOSS sun are the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune set into a series of curved, 6-foot-high walls.
Boiler Challenge offers a unique learning environment where the goal is to provide an engaging and fun curriculum that applies to everyday life and work settings. Your group will enhance skills such as communication, trust, problem solving and decision making through mental and physical challenges.
The fountain was designed by Eric Ernstberger, principal and cofounder of Rundell Ernstberger Associates located in Muncie, Indiana. The imagery on the glass was selected to capture iconic features from the Purdue campus and its programs without incorporating specific information.