Schuylkill River Trail Update: Bartram’s Mile Design Workshop May 14th

2013 Concept sketches of Bartram's Mile - Images via Advisory Group Meeting #3 Public Presentation. Courtesy of Michael Greenle.

Concept sketches of Bartram’s Mile | Images via Advisory Group Meeting #3 Public Presentation

Skip to the Bartram’s Mile Before/After Concept Sketch gallery we’ve included below if you must, but do consider this Thursday’s event please. Here’s why:

As some may already be aware, Bartram’s Mile is a one-mile long plot of land situated between Grays Ferry Avenue and 58th Street in Philadelphia’s Kingsessing neighborhood. It’s been vacant for several decades despite its proximity to Bartram’s Garden, one of the country’s oldest botanic gardens. Fortunately, the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation office and Schuylkill River Development Corporation have teamed up with the John Bartram Association and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation in recent years to do something about that.

Rather than let the prime real estate languish in wasteland purgatory, the group has been taking steps to transform the empty publicly owned site into a usable, neighborhood-friendly green space complete with visions of bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, riverfront access, and recreation spots. Not only that, but it would serve as yet another stretch on the Philadelphia segment of the Schuylkill River Trail.

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Video of a Schuylkill River Ice Breaker Is Oddly Therapeutic

We can’t get enough of the frozen Schuylkill River. Yesterday, it was a stunning drone video that gracefully hovered over the Hidden River. Today, we get to watch an ice breaker split the long sheet of ice that recently spanned the breadth of the river. Oddly enough, the video is almost like a stress release for those of us that are begging for warmer weather. Watch this a few times, we promise it will make you feel a little better! Read more »

Schuylkill River Trail Is Getting Its Own Beer

SRT aleWell, this is pretty sweet. Or, er, hoppy. Pottstown-based Sly Fox Beer is releasing a special beer later this spring to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail. It’s called — wait for it — the SRT Ale.

It’s described as “a golden, delicious, hop-forward American Pale Ale, and at 4.7% alcohol by volume, it’s designed to be the perfect post-activity beer.” A portion of the proceeds from the beer’s sales will go toward maintenance and improvement efforts of the 130-mile Schuylkill River Trail.

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The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk Extension Opens Next Month

Photo via Schuylkill Banks on Facebook.

Photo via Schuylkill Banks on Facebook.

The Schuylkill River Trail is finally getting its long-awaited extension in the form a 2,000-foot-long boardwalk addition set to link the trail, which normally ends on Locust Street, to University City via a ramp connecting to the South Street Bridge. The boardwalk will open October 2nd, according to Uwishinu’s Jillian Wilson.

Walkers, runners, and bicyclists planning to use the 15-foot-wide concrete structure should know it strays 50 feet from the river’s shoreline.

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Biker Uses Facebook to Find Person Who Saved His Life

 

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Schuylkill River Trail // Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Proof that Facebook isn’t always the worst: On May 31st, a man suffered a heart attack while biking along the Schuylkill River Trail. Luckily, he was spotted by a bystander with some CPR know-how who called 911. Having just about fully recovered from the incident, the man who suffered the heart attack wants to thank the bystander who saved his life, and he’s using Facebook to find them. Check out the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Facebook status from earlier today, below.

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Should You Run the Schuylkill Trail This Weekend? Snow Warnings Linger


You may have looked at the sun-filled weekend weather forecast and already dreamt about your glorious long run on the Schuylkill River Trail (rocking out to our long-run playlist, of course), but note: There are a few sections of the trail that are still closed due to all the snow we’ve had this winter, with some unplowed, shaded areas potentially posing some issues.

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This Is SO Cool: Map Shows the Most-Used Running Spots in Philly

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Photograph by Jeff Fusco

No, it’s not remotely surprising, but it’s still super cool to see. According to a pretty new map, which aggregated running-route data collected by the app RunKeeper, the Ben Franklin Parkway, Art Museum, Schuylkill River Trail and Broad Street (hello, Broad Street Run) are the most-run (runned?) running spots in Philly.

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Vote Now: Schuylkill in Running for Pennsylvania River of the Year

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

I’m not entirely sure how much of an honor it is for a river to be named “Pennsylvania River of the Year,” but for what its worth: Our westerly waterway is up for the honor, as one of five statewide nominees in the running for the 2014 title. The others are Brodhead Creek and Watershed in the Poconos, West Branch of the Susquenhanna River in north-central PA, the Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh Rivers in southwest PA, and the Ohio River (blasphemy!) in the far western part of the state. The winner is determined by online voting.

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, a nonprofit organization HQ’d in Harrisburg, runs the award process in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. They’ve been doling out River of the Year awards since 1983, an honor the Schuylkill has won only one time in 1999 (the nerve!). Last year, our fair Schuylkill lost to Southwestern PA’s Monongahela River by just 146 votes. Seriously, guys, we’re due for a home-turf win.

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