Schuylkill River Trail Named Best Urban Trail in the Nation

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

America has spoken: Philly’s mighty Schuylkill River Trail has been named the Best Urban Trail in America in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice poll.

It was a formidable field, including San Antonio’s famed River Walk and Mission Trail, but the gleaming paths of the Schuylkill River Trail took the top spot over 19 other scenic trails. “We are thrilled that the Schuylkill River Trail has taken the number one spot,” said Joseph Syrnick, president and CEO of Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC), in a press release. “Certainly, we have seen the trail become more and more popular, and this honor validates the hard work and investment made by many entities.”

The 20 contestants were chosen by a panel of experts and eventually whittled down to 10 by readers’ votes. Here’s the final ranking:

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Is the Schuylkill River Trail the Best Urban Trail in the Nation?

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

Want to see your majestic Schuylkill River Trail crowned as the top Urban Trail in the nation? You better spread the word about USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice poll. Voting runs through 11:59 a.m. on July 20 and our beloved SRT is up against some pretty impressive competition, including San Antonio’s River Walk and Mission Trail, New York City’s Manhattan Waterfront Gateway, Washington’s Mount Vernon Trail and 16 other city trails. Readers can cast one vote per day.

The Schuylkill River Trail is currently slotted in the second spot, hot on the heels of MKT Nature and Fitness Trail in Columbia, Missouri. The trail has already garnered some national attention this year when The New York Times named it as one of the top attractions in the city when it listed Philadelphia as the third place to visit in the world in 2015. Let’s make this happen!

• Vote for Your Favorite Urban Trail! [USA Today]

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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