The Super Popular Schuylkill River Trail To Be Extended From Locust Street To The New South Street Bridge Via A New Over-The-Water Running, Walking And Biking Boardwalk Path

Coming Attraction: Runners, walkers and bikers will soon be able to continue along the extended Schuylkill River Trail boardwalk all the way to the new South Street Bridge. (Image courtesy Schuylkill River Development Corporation)

Philadelphia in the springtime brings bliss in so many ways: outdoor dining, Phillies games, festivals galore and walking/running on the Schuylkill River Trail, a beautiful 23-mile path from Philadelphia to Valley Forge.

According to Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis, “[The department’s] goal is to focus on parks and green space as a long-term investment in Philadelphia’s future. Green 2015 [Mayor Nutter’s bold new environmental plan] charts a course for action that will make our city more equitable, livable, and competitive. We can improve the air we breathe, protect the water we drink, provide children and families with places for recreation, and increase the attractiveness of our neighborhoods — all by taking affordable steps to transform existing land into publicly accessible green space.”

So, knowing how dear the trail is to Philadelphians and visitors alike, The Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) has had a host of important construction projects in the pipeline recently. These include the installation of waterless composting restrooms near Walnut Street in September 2010, enhancements to the Market Street Bridge, and landscaping along the section between Race Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Next up: SRDC plans to build a half-mile boardwalk on Schuylkill Banks from Locust Street to South Street to extend the super popular multi-use trail.

In addition, an ADA Standards for Accessible Design compliant pedestrian and bicycle access ramp will be built at the new South Street Bridge, providing a connection to the boardwalk and improving access with linkages to regional trail systems.

The projects are in the final stages of the design process. Construction is expected to begin this summer and open by 2013.

Yet another exciting piece of sustainable design news we can’t wait to see come to fruition.

Also: Mayor Nutter announced today additional plans to improve the “Fairmount Bikeway,” which links the Schuylkill River Trail between Falls Bridge and Ridge Avenue. The project, which includes a new river retaining wall and wider path, should be completed in June.

Check out some more images of the future boardwalk, below.

The Schuylkill River Trail connects Philadelphia to Valley Forge through a series of trails and roads along the river.
(Image courtesy Schuylkill River Development Corporation)
The half-mile boardwalk will extend from Locust Street all the way to South Street.
(Image courtesy Schuylkill River Development Corporation)
The trail extension will provide a link from the South Street Bridge Ramp and stairs to the University of Pennsylvania and West Philadelphia. (Image courtesy Schuylkill River Development Corporation)

Schuylkill Banks Construction Projects [Schuylkill River Development Corporation]

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11 comments

  1. Wow, can’t wait to use it. Being able to access the drive directly from the south street bridge is a great enhance to the area.

  2. The concept looks great, but i have 2 concerns. First, is the boardwalk higher than the average flood stage of the river? Second, is there ample space between the river and boardwalk so that debris does not get caught in an eddy between the shorline and boardwalk?

  3. Another great reason to visit Philly and take the grandkids for a walk (along the river)!

  4. Great job solving the narrow space between the RR tracks and the river.
    I agree with Dana – how is debris going to be handled? That cess pool at the end of boathouse row is disgusting. I don’t want another one near my house.

  5. Great news! Regarding flooding, it simply has to be built sturdy enough to endure the high waters that will cover it. (just like many sections of the trail, especially on Kelly drive)

    I wouldn’t mind a few more directional arrows to ensure that casual users of the path understand to stay to the right when enjoying the path.

  6. Flooding should not be a problem, it should be accounted just like other
    strains mother nature could put on any structure such as wind or earthquake.
    As far as debris I think if it happens to build up it should be cleaned up by users through community service clean up day or something similar, just like one would clean up leaves on your back yard.

  7. “…all things considered i’d rather b in PHILADELPHIA”…W.C. FIELDS

  8. fantastic-I might try biking and jogging but not sure I will be eating the fish that the guy in the top picture will be catching! can’t wait

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