Stories from the Banks

6/24/2015 10:17am
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The Schuylkill River Trail has been nominated for the 10Best competition in the urban trails category! You can help ensure that we win by voting for the SRT at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-urban-trail/schuylkill-river-trail-philadelphia/. One vote is allowed per computer per day through July 20. Let's show everyone how much Philly loves the Schuylkill River Trail by voting early and often!

6/22/2015 12:13pm
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Riverboat Tours - See Philadelphia from a new perspective on a Schuylkill Banks Riverboat Tour! Join a fun and fact-filled Secrets of the Schuylkill tour or explore the river and shore on a Boat to Bartram's Garden. Riverboat tours run through October 29.

July Secrets of the Schuylkill Tours

  • Thursday, July 9
  • Saturday, July 18
  • Thursday, July 23

July Boat to Bartram's Garden Tours

  • Sunday, July 12
  • Sunday, July 26 

Kayak Tours - Explore the Hidden River on a professionally guided kayak tour! Tour offerings include a basic paddle to the Fairmount Water Works and a romantic moonlight paddle. An instructional session and equipment rental is included with each tour. Kayak tours run through September 20. The next month's schedule is below:

July Kayak Tours

  • Sunday, July 12 - Basic
  • Saturday, July 18 - Basic & Moonlight
  • Thursday, July 23 - Basic

Movie Series - Join us for 8 more nights of free movies, presented by CSX transportation. Movies are scheduled through August 20 - though the season will be extended as needed for rain dates.

Upcoming Films:

  • "Stand by Me" on June 25 at Walnut Street 
  • "Safety Not Guaranteed" on July 9 at Walnut Street 
  • "The Lego Movie" on July 16 at Grays Ferry Crescent
  • "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" on July 23 at Walnut Street 
6/18/2015 12:01pm
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This year’s Schuylkill Shindig was a big success, thanks in large part to a group of wonderful volunteers. Big thanks go out to Noelle Beaumont, Barbara Beck, Jeff Burger, Drew McNamara, David Putro, Emily Scrimger, Rich Siller, Karen Smith and Jocelyn Wilson!

These dedicated volunteers worked to string lights, hang decorations and set up tables and chairs. They checked people in during the event and kept the event running smoothly. They stayed until 11pm to clean up and break everything down. The Shindig would not have been possible without their efforts!

Beyond the Shindig, many of these volunteers have dedicated their time during other Schuylkill Banks events, including riverboat and kayak tours, movie nights and cleanups. We are so grateful for their on-going support of SRDC’s mission, which enables us to deliver quality programming and maintain the trail and greenway year-round.

Thanks for all that you do to activate the Schuylkill riverfront!

6/10/2015 9:20am
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Thanks to everyone who came out to kick off the new season at this year's Schuylkill Shindig, presented by PECO.

The annual Friends of Schuylkill Banks fundraising party was held on May 30, 2015, and featured food trucks, custard, Schuylkill River Trail Ale, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, live music, Poseybooth and a unique projection installation by UPenn students under the direction of Chris Landau.

We raised $23,700 through the event this year, which is more than any other fundraiser to date. Special thanks to PECO for being the presenting sponsor at this year’s event, and to all of our sponsors, including AECOM, Urban Engineers, Sunoco, 50onRed, Ammann & Whitney, Pennoni Associates, East Coast Greenway, Sly Fox Brewing Co., Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society, Street Food Philly, My Fabulous Mama, James Price, LRSLA, Carr & Duff, C&R Building Supply, Tag Communication Services, Delicias, and Patriot Harbor Lines. Thanks, also, to the FOSB committee for planning another wonderful event and to photographer Eddy Marenco for capturing wonderful photos of the event.

Check out photos from the Shindig on our facebook page

It was great to see everyone having such a great time, and we look forward to seeing you on the trail again this summer and fall.

5/7/2015 4:53pm
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See Philadelphia from a new perspective on a Schuylkill Banks Riverboat Tour! Join a fun and fact-filled Secrets of the Schuylkill tour on select Saturday afternoons and Thursday evenings or explore the river and shore on a Boat to Bartram's Garden on select Sundays.

Check out the schedule and buy tickets here.

5/7/2015 3:50pm
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The results of our 2015 viewers' choice movie series are in! We hope to see you out on the trail this summer for free showings of great films, including Mean Girls, The Lego Movie, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Guardians of the Galaxy!

The Schuylkill Banks Movie Series, presented by CSX, will include six movies by the Walnut Street Bridge, three movies on the Grays Ferry Crescent and one movie at Paine's Park. Click here for the full schedule.

Come early for free snacks and to enter a free raffle!

5/7/2015 1:47pm
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Yoga on the Banks, led by teachers Erin Gautsche and Ashley Renee Wagner, is a donation-based yoga class that meets at the grassy area adjacent to the 25th and Locust trail entrance on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. 

SCHEDULE

Saturdays: 11am – 12pm

Sundays: 11am – 12pm

Tuesdays: 7am – 8am AND

6:30pm – 7:30pm

5/7/2015 11:12am
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Explore the Hidden River on a professionally guided kayak tour! Tour offerings include a basic paddle to the Fairmount Water Works and a romantic moonlight paddle.  An instructional session and equipment rental is included with each tour.

Tours depart on select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 26.

See the complete schedule, watch a video featuring the basic kayak tour, and learn more here.

5/2/2015 1:00pm
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Many, many thanks to the 250+ volunteers who have helped beautify and maintain Schuylkill Banks this spring! More than 120 people, including a large team of Drexel University students, came out to mulch planting beds, spread gravel and pick up trash on the Center City portion of Schuylkill Banks as part of the 2015 Philly Spring Cleanup on April 11, making a huge impact along the trail. On Earth Day, volunteers collected 40 bags of trash, picked up more than 1,000 cigarette butts, re-painted traffic arrows, raked leaves and gravel, helped with drainage work and cleaned gutters. Thanks to the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Saxby’s Coffee, Elsevier, CityCoHo and the many individual volunteers who made our first Earth Day cleanup a success!

In addition to these major cleanup events, we also had lots of help with landscaping and trash pickup throughout April and May, thanks to the Baldwin School, PECO, Jacobs Engineering, and KPMG. Thanks also goes out to our new and returning volunteers who made sure our Science Festival events and Mother’s Day riverboat tours ran smoothly.

SRDC is grateful to everyone who volunteered their time and energy this spring. Your hard work is very much appreciated!

4/30/2015 1:22pm
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On Wednesday, April 29, SRDC joined Chief Cultural Officer Helen Haynes and Public Art Director Margot Berg of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for the dedication of Walker Hancock’s “Air” sculpture on Schuylkill Banks. The newly-restored sculpture has been installed at the Cherry Street overlook, and is a beautiful and welcome addition to the Banks.

Originally commissioned by the City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, “Air” was cast in 1979 and installed in 1982 at the former Civic Center Building. This is the first time “Air” has been in public view since the demolition of the Civic Center in 1999. The late Walker Hancock was a PAFA professor and one of the Monuments Men during World War II. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1989 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1990.

In attendance at the dedication were the figure model who posed for the sculpture in 1979 and Hancock’s daughter Deanie French, who spoke to her father’s legacy and love of teaching.

SRDC thanks the Office of Arts and Culture for bringing this beautiful artwork to the riverfront. Look out for “Air” next time you’re on the Banks!