There’s a sinkhole on the Schuylkill River Trail by the Chestnut Street Bridge that’s been fenced off for a good chunk of time now. This is annoying for a number of reasons, but mostly because it limits the trail available to runners, cyclists and walkers, causing congestion. And yesterday, a photo of a disgruntled trail user’s efforts to call out the claims that the hole is “under construction” and will be fixed, well, anytime soon, appeared on Reddit. It is impressively passive aggressive and also kind of hilarious.
The Urban Land Institute Philadelphia District Council announced the finalists for this year’s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence last week, and five of the 14 finalists fall into the residential category, at least in part.
And it’s that “at least in part” part that’s one of the most significant common threads connecting the five projects. The message these projects deliver is one that urbanists, developers and planners have all been hammering home in one way or another for more than a decade now: Single-use is out, multitasking is in. (Toll Brothers, please copy.)
Not even the most residential of the five projects is exclusively residential, and that project has many other features that make it a standout. Read more »
• Guys, guys, guys! Goooood news: Bartram’s Mile — that’s the one-mile stretch of trail along the west bank of the Schuylkill River, designed to link the SRT to the beautiful Bartram’s Garden — has a very fitting opening date (finally) of April 22nd. Yep, that’s Earth Day. Yippee! [Curbed]
This past weekend — a long one, complete with 65-degree weather in freakin’ February — was the kind of weekend that causes a person to spew out delusional sentences like, “Who needs California? I basically live in California. We have avocado toast! And sunshine! And trails! WHO needs California?!”
I was yelling such statements to my boyfriend, who was undoubtedly rolling his eyes, as we biked down a sun-splashed Spring Garden Street, dressed in sweatshirts (in February! Like California!), to make our way to the Schuylkill River Trail — with a pit-stop at Whole Foods for sushi (I was really embracing the whole wannabe-California-resident thing) — to get a good long bike ride and picnic in.
This didn’t go exactly as planned.
The SRT was packed — like human-traffic-jam-level packed — with other enthusiastic, sunshine-loving, movement-loving folks looking to get their run, bike and walk on along the river. And it was still lovely, but our bike ride ended up being a verrrry slow one (at points, walkers were moving just as fast) with many hurdles — dogs darting across the path! Tiny humans darting across the path! People stopped in the middle of the trail — bikes and all — to take selfies! We only managed to make it to East Falls before we gave up and hunkered down on the side of the trail to dig into our avocado rolls. After soaking up some sunshine, we crossed the East Falls Bridge, braving the many bumps on the (much less crowded) MLK path for our ride back.
Now, don’t get me wrong: It’s AWESOME that so many people utilize the Schuylkill River Trail. It’s a wonderful resource to have access to in the middle of a city, accessible to residents spanning across a slew of neighborhoods. (And with warm weather — and Broad Street Run training season! — headed our way, the trail will only fill up more.) But this busy Sunday ride got me thinking about a few rules that I wish everyone would follow to make using the trail a bit more pleasant for all. Read ‘em below. And if you have rules you wish everyone on the SRT would follow, shout ‘em out in the comments.
Remember the Schuylkill River Relay 50K? To jog your memory, the relay race — in which runners tackle 31 miles of the beautiful Schuylkill River Trail in teams — debuted last spring as a part of Sly Fox’s SPREEKEND, a weekend that celebrates all things Schuylkill River Trail, with organized events from kayaking to cycling to, well, running (duh). The race ends at Sly Fox’s SPREEKEND party, complete with live music and food trucks, where they release their annual SRT Ale, a beer that benefits the trail.
If you were bummed to miss out on the race last year, good news: Registration for this year’s Schuylkill River Relay 50K — going down Saturday, April 22nd — opened at 10 a.m. this morning. And we’ve got a discount code for you!
A heads up for all our runner friends: Two runners were robbed on the Schuylkill River Trail in the wee hours of Friday morning, 6abc reports. According to 6abc, the runners — a 21-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man — were running along the trail near Walnut Street around 12:30 a.m. when a male suspect robbed them at gunpoint and made off with their phones and wallets. The victims were physically unharmed. Police are still looking for the suspect.
Calling all runner friends! Remember how we told you guys about the awesome weeklong 8K race Lululemon is putting on along the Schuylkill River Trail this month? In case you forgot (we forgive you), it’s called the Ghost Race, and it looks like it’s going to be pretty darn sweet.
You can read up on the race here, but as a quick rundown: For the Ghost Race, Lululemon has teamed up with Strava and Silverline Athletics to create a virtual 8K race course along the SRT that you can complete anytime, starting next Monday, October 17th through October 23rd. And while you can complete the course on your own, Lululemon has also teamed up with a bunch of running leaders in Philly who you can run the course with throughout the week, starting with a midnight run (!!) on October 17th, led by Jon Lyons of Run215. (That would be 12 a.m. on Monday morning.)
Other folks you can run with include City Fit Girls, Rebecca Barber of the Rocky 50K and more. And if you run the course with them, you have a chance at snagging some free Lululemon gear. Yes, please! You can check out the full lineup of events below.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday announced $3 million in state funding to aid the continued expansion of the Schuylkill River Trail.
The state grant will fund the connection between Bartram’s Mile and Passyunk Point, a 2.25-mile section that will extend the Schuylkill River trail farther south than it’s ever been before and open up more green space in Southwest Philadelphia.
“With the help of our investment, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation will be able to reclaim and redevelop brownfield sites along the river,” Wolf said. “Turning a former eyesore and blighted area into a new and accessible space for city residents, we will create a valuable resource in a currently underserved neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia.” Read more »