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 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.