UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two popular visitation sites on campus will be under construction this summer. Beginning June 1, the Nittany Lion Shrine will be closed to all visitors for an estimated four weeks while a new walkway is installed. During the same timeframe, The Pennsylvania State University sign/stone wall near Beaver Stadium, a popular photo destination at the intersection of East Park Avenue and Porter Road, will undergo accessibility walkway upgrades and landscaping improvements.
The work at both locations is expected to run from June 1 through July 1 but is subject to change due to weather. During this time, the Nittany Lion Shrine will be fenced off and not available to the public. The University sign will remain partially visible, but visitors are asked to keep a safe distance from workers.
Last summer the Nittany Lion Shrine underwent conservation repairs to the right ear and some of the claws, as well as cleaning and protective treatment. Due to the nature of the conservation work on the shrine, the area’s walkways and viewing platform could not be renovated at that time. This summer’s work includes replacing the high-traffic walkway and platform with exposed aggregate concrete and will require the shrine to be carefully protected with temporary fencing, plywood and tarps during the work.
At the University sign near Beaver Stadium, a new sidewalk will allow for greater accessibility to the sign for all visitors. Additionally, the removal of diseased trees located behind the sign will ensure the area’s landscaping remains healthy.