Frankford Creek Greenway opens in Philadelphia

The Frankford Creek Greenway has opened just south of the Betsy Ross Bridge.

Steve Tawa
June 09, 2018 - 9:45 pm
Frankford Creek Greenway

Steve Tawa | KYW Newsradio

Categories: 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia's trails are growing like weeds. The latest is the first phase of the Frankford Creek Greenway, just south of the Betsy Ross Bridge, and under I-95. 

The 1.2-mile segment of Frankford Creek Greenway connects Aramingo Avenue and Wheatsheaf Lane to Delaware Avenue and Lewis Street, according to Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. 

"This $1.4-million project is literally connecting these neighborhoods in our city," Lovell said.

Tacony Creek Trail Phase 2, which broke ground six months ago, is just a third of a mile, but it extends the trail underneath the highly trafficked, multi-lane Roosevelt Boulevard, creating a connection to the 300 acre Park. 

The Vice Chair of the Circuit Trails, Patrick Starr, says these trails, piecemealed together in a series of on and off-road segments, offer a wooded, green escape, in a highly urbanized area.

"We don't get 30-mile sections," Starr said. "We get a half-mile, we get even a couple of blocks."

When complete, the Regional Circuit Trails network will include more than 800 miles of multi-use trails. They will hook up with the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile trail system running from Maine to Florida.