About a month ago, when Springfield Beer Distributors moved from their long-time location next to the South Street Bridge to 22nd & Washington, it occurred to us that it had been several months since we’d heard any news from CHOP about their massive Schuylkill Avenue development plan. The last time we wrote about the project was back in May, following a well-attended community meeting. Well, last night CHOP ran another meeting for the community, and some additional information was shared.
The basics of the project remain unchanged. The project will rise over the course of many years, encompassing four phases. The facility will mostly house clinical research and operations for the hospital, and will feature a connection to an extended Schuylkill River Trail. The first phase will begin construction next year, with a…
The Philadelphia Trail Master Plan is a comprehensive guide to the city’s 75 trails, the status of those trails, and the priority the City has attached to completing new or improving preexisting trails. Compiled over the past two-and-a-half years by a team composed of folks from the Planning Commission and Parks and Rec., the 124-page final study, released and approved by the Planning Commission this month, is a rolling list of trails, graphics and visions of a more bike friendly Philly.
Current and future trails
“What we didn’t want to do is put a list of one through seventy-five,” said Jeannette Brugger of the Planning Commission, the study’s lead author. She said there are too many nuances when it comes to funding to prioritize in such a cut and dried fashion. For example, there are different types of…
Last week, the City announced that beginning on July 17th, Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps will be playing host to an inviting park and exciting project.
From the Parks and Recreation’s announcement on their website, “eight acres of public space at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway” will become a place to meet, play, and engage in activities offered by participating organizations. There is more information and renderings here.
Running through August 20th, the currently paved parking lot space will convert to large open blocks of pedestrian-friendly turf with inviting benches, a stage for free live entertainment and movie nights, and the city’s best food trucks coming through every day. According to the drawings, there will be seating for eating, lawn games to play, sandboxes to dig, and sprinklers for hot…
If you’re anything like us, you get a little jealous every time you see people fishing in a small boat along the Schuylkill River. For those of you who have never seen the Schuylkill from the vantage point of a riverboat, the folks at the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) have entered into a contract with a new company to begin tours of the river beginning this summer.
The tours “are spot on in terms of meeting our mission,” said Joe Syrnick, SRDC CEO.
The river and trail
That mission is to open up the tidal Schuylkill River and increase public access to its river banks. The SRDC has been busy redeveloping the Schuylkill Banks since 2006.
“One of the best ways to do that is to have attractions that bring people down there.”
The ragin' Schuylkill
Last week, we told you about a couple of grants that recently came through for projects along the Delaware River. Today, we have news about the completion of the first quarter-mile of the Delaware River Trail, a path along the river that will ultimately extend over a five-mile stretch of waterfront from Oregon to Allegheny Avenue. Running both on-road, as this first section does, and off-road along the river, the Delaware River Trail will, once complete, connect with other regional trails at its northern and southern end.
The whole trail
The first section
The Delaware River Trail, designed by the RBA Group, is the brainchild of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, and a critical element of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. And the opening of…
Soon, over a hundred new trail miles could be added to the city’s existing network, which already spans over 200 miles. The Philadelphia Trails Master Plan is a plan that describes a vision to expand the city’s trail network. It grew out of the large Phila2035 planning initiative, and exists now in draft form- it’s expected to be adopted by the Planning Commission, perhaps this month.
A Yankee fan enjoying a jog
Current trail network
One goal of this plan is to expand the trail network to reach areas lacking convenient access to open space. Other goals are to improve the connectivity of some of the city’s neighborhoods through trails and parks. In the past year more than two miles of new trail has been constructed. Nearly seven miles is in construction, and eight…