Schuylkill River Trail Opens Another Segment

Steve Tawa
April 20, 2018 - 2:51 pm
Schuylkill River Trail

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - The latest segment to open along the Schuylkill River Trail has some dynamic views in every direction, not to mention it's a terrific place to walk, run, ride or just hang out. 

The South Street to Christian Street segment is 1,400 feet, at the end of the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, which extends over the river, where the trail intersects with the South Street Bridge.

"The views of the skyline along this part of the trail especially are beautiful," said Mayor Jim Kenney.

He says the trail is not only "an economic development engine," public spaces like this make Philadelphia a desirable place to live, by connecting everyone to the river.

Schuylkill River Trail
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Diane Kripas, the Trails Manager for the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), says there is empirical evidence about how folks are drawn to the trail, based on trail counters they've installed.

"And the trail counts on this section are 1.7-million user trips, every single year," she said. "There is no other counter in Pennsylvania right now that's tracking that kind of trail usage."

Next up, will be the portion known as the Christian to Crescent Connection. That 2,000-foot stretch will connect Christian Street to 34th Street and Bartram’s Garden, using an elevated track and a 750-foot-long cable-stayed bridge parallel to the east side of the river.

Summing it up, City Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell remembers the shout-out the trail received a few years ago, and it's only getting better.

"You know, Best Urban Trail in the country," he says. "This is yeah Philly!"