Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is leading the development of the new Bartram's Mile segment of Schuylkill Banks, which will run along the west bank of the Schuylkill River between Grays Ferry Avenue and 58th Street, on either side of Bartram's Garden. This greenway will connect to the Grays Ferry Crescent via an abandoned railroad bridge, which SRDC hopes to repurpose for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
This project is currently in design and is being fast-tracked for construction in 2014-2015.
SRDC plans to work with the City of Philadelphia and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to design and build a trail segment along the east bank of the Schuylkill from South Street to the vicinity of Christian Street. The north end of this trail segment will tie in to the southern end of the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and the stair tower to the South Street Bridge.
SRDC was awarded $60,000 from the Coastal Zone Management Program funded by NOAA for the preliminary design of this trail segment.
This project is in the preliminary engineering phase.
SRDC and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation plan to landscape the embankment along I-76 between Chestnut and Market Streets on the west side of the Schuylkill River. Plans call for a variety of green roof and green wall features such as planters with native trees, shrubs and meadow grasses and walls for climbing vines.
SRDC is working with a variety of public and private partners in University City, West Philadelphia and Southwest Philadelphia to plan on-road bike and pedestrian improvements linking the Centennial District in Fairmount Park to the West Bank Greenway, Schuylkill Banks, and Bartram’s Garden. This project will take SRDC one step closer to its goal of having a trail and greenway connecting neighborhoods and important institutions on both sides of the tidal Schuylkill.
The goal of extending the trail to Bartram’s Garden requires a link from the Grays Ferry Crescent to the west bank of the Schuylkill. An abandoned railroad bridge just south of the Grays Ferry Bridge offers the unique opportunity to reuse an existing structure for this river crossing. The bridge is an old turntable structure, or swing bridge, that is now permanently set in the open position.