Schuylkill River Banks Tour

AIA Philadelphia


Friday, November 14, 2014
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST

CM | 2.50

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The Schuylkill River Trail, when completed, will be a 130-mile trail and greenway paralleling the Schuylkill River from Pottsville, PA to the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Near Philadelphia, the trail provides a 23 mile pedestrian and bike path along the Schuylkill from Philadelphia to Valley Forge, with access to points of interest along the river including the Fairmount Waterworks, the Philadelphia Art Museum, and the neighborhoods of East Falls and Manayunk. The industrial history of the river is portrayed in historical images located along the path, and the presence of railroad lines parallel to sections of the trail are reminders of its past industrial heritage. As part of Philadelphia’s park and green space plan, the multi-purpose trail is in the process of being extended between Locust and South Street via a separated boardwalk out over the river, connected by an ADA accessible ramp to the South Street Bridge. A number of trail improvements have added value to other regional trails, and trail connections for active and passive recreation, and planning is underway to link both sides of the river from the Fairmount Dam to the Delaware River. Participants will be able to see and evaluate both major and smaller projects and learn about the planning principles that were used to integrate the goals of greenspace planning within the updated Schuylkill River Trail with other planned greenway connections in the region. Participants will evaluate the overall trail and experience its relationship to the industrial past and historic riverfront within Philadelphia, reviewing historic preservation interpretation and implementation. Participants will see the unique site conditions which necessitated siting the trail extension out over the water. Participants will be given the opportunity to investigate and examine the specific trail system engineered components including bridges and ramps.