Grays Ferry Crescent

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The construction of a Greenway along the east bank of the river from 34th Street to Wharton Street provided long awaited access to the river for neighborhoods in South and Southwest Philadelphia. The project provides 4,036 feet of bicycle and pedestrian trail, plus several walking trails totaling another 2,171 feet.

Lawn areas allow casual activities such as picnicking, throwing a Frisbee or playing catch, and meadows of native grasses provide a natural beauty to the area. New amenities along the greenway provide fishing and viewing opportunities. Benches, lighting, and trash receptacles, along with a utility building to ensure proper maintenance of the greenway.

Access points to this new trail segment are located on the 34th Street Bridge, Grays Ferry Avenue & 36th Street, and Wharton Street & Schuylkill Avenue. This section will eventually be part of the link from Center City to Bartram’s Garden.

Construction on this project began in March 2010 and it was dedicated on June 11, 2012.

This project was designed by Urban Engineers Inc. with landscape design by Simone Collins Landscape Architects. Funding of this $2 million project was provided by FHWA, PA DCED, PA DCNR, DVRPC, the William Penn Foundation and the City of Philadelphia.

View photos of the progression of the Grays Ferry Crescent Project by clicking on the photo to the right.

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