Stories from the Banks

1/20/2015 3:55pm
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It's only January, but we're already prepping for an exciting summer season on the Banks. We need your help to make sure that the 2015 Schuylkill Banks Movie Series is the best one yet! What movie have you always wanted to see on the big inflatable screen down by the river? Are you looking for classic romance, serious laughs, out-of-this-world adventure or nail-biting suspense? 

Email your movie suggestions to by 5PM on March 15. The most popular selections will go into the running for the coveted final ten movie slots, to be announced this April.

To sweeten the pot, everyone who submits a movie suggestion will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a Schuylkill Banks t-shirt! You'll get one raffle entry per movie for the first six movies that you recommend, so keep those suggestions coming!

1/19/2015 1:19pm
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Students from Springside Chesnut Hill Academy, the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, and Saint Joseph’s University as well as individual volunteers including SRDC Board Member Karen Smith gathered on Monday, January 19 for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day cleanup on Schuylkill Banks. It was a chilly morning, but volunteers quickly warmed up as they shoveled, lugged and raked compost into planting beds. Other volunteers distributed gravel and picked up trash at the north end of the trail.

By noon, the sun was bright, the majority of planting beds had been prepped for spring and the trail was sparkling clean. SRDC was wowed by everyone’s great teamwork and dedication. Thanks to all of our volunteers for making a difference along the Banks!

Click here to see photos from the cleanup. 

1/18/2015 2:58pm
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Chas and Stacey Ryan reached out to us last fall with interest in helping out at the Grays Ferry Crescent. The Ryans moved back to Philly recently after three years away and were excited by all of the green initiatives taking off in the city. They currently live in Point Breeze, and regularly run or bike along the Crescent with their dog Honey. 

Both experienced gardeners, Chas and Stacey coordinated with our Operations Manager Josh and began regularly weeding and mulching around trees and small planting beds. “We enjoy volunteering for the Schuylkill Banks because we get to be outside, we are able to get a good sweat in, and we enjoy the solitude and natural beauty of the Crescent, which is hard to find in South Philly,” says Chas.

SRDC is thrilled to see trail users like Chas and Stacey taking ownership of the trail and pitching in to make it even better. Upkeep of landscaping is no small task for SRDC’s small maintenance team, and Chas and Stacey’s efforts have made a tremendous impact.

Thanks for making the Crescent a better place for everyone, Chas and Stacey! 

1/17/2015 12:40pm
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Looking for a super easy way to support SRDC? Schuylkill Banks is in the running for two spots on the 2015 Philly Happening List, and we need your votes! The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is up for “Best Nature Spot”, and our Kayak Tours are up for “Best Guided Tour”. Voting only takes a second!

To vote for the Boardwalk, click here! 

To vote for Schuylkill Banks Kayak Tours, click here! 

Polls are open through February 28th, so please spread the word. Thanks for your vote!

1/16/2015 10:01am
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The Schuylkill River was PA's 2014 River of the Year! While this honor is now over, we still have free SRHA River of the Year posters available in our offices. The popular 26" x 40" poster features a beautiful photo of kayaks on the river near Hamburg, taken during the 2010 Schuylkill River Sojourn by photographer Cody Goddard.

Stop by our offices at 129B S. 30th Street (on 30th between Chestnut and Walnut) Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm and pick one up! We're sorry, the posters cannot be mailed. 

12/12/2014 3:40pm
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SRDC is pleased to announce that it has been able to secure funding for two pergolas for the Boardwalk. Installation of steel framing is complete, and installation of wooden purlins will begin on Monday, 12/22. 

The Boardwalk is open for use, but please use caution when passing work areas.

Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates in the coming week. 

11/18/2014 4:34pm
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There are more ways than ever to spread joy while supporting your favorite trail and greenway this holiday season!

Schuylkill Banks Gear: Customize your favorite products with great Schuylkill Banks designs; choose from apparel, pet accessories, mugs, totes and much more. Enjoy beautiful scenes of the Banks all year round with our new 2015 Calendars, or spread the cheer with Schuylkill Banks holiday greeting cards. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a special person or pet in your life, there are plenty of ways to represent the Banks in style.

Softball Tees: Snag a limited edition Schuylkill Banks Softball Tee (pictured here), available in men's, women's and children's sizes. These can't be found in our online store! Call Lucy at 215-222-6030 x100 or visit our office to purchase your shirt today.

Riverboat and Kayak Tour Gift Certificates: Winter is just about here, but summer will arrive before we know it. Schuylkill Banks gift certificates make a great gift now and allow the recipient to enjoy a kayak or riverboat tour in the summer or fall. Call 215-222-6030 x100 for more information about Schuylkill Banks gift certificates.

Bench Plaques: Honor someone special, commemorate an occasion, or establish a memorial this holiday season with our Schuylkill Banks Adopt-a-Bench program. Learn more about sponsoring a bench on the greenway.

Donations: Looking for a purely philanthropic gift? Make a donation to SRDC on behalf of the giftee! Learn more about donating here. (Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.)
Thanks for giving the gift of Schuylkill Banks!

11/18/2014 2:05pm
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The weather has gone from balmy to frigid, our programming season has come to a close, and we can't help but reflect on all of the growth that the trail experienced this year.

This Thanksgiving, we are especially grateful that the Boardwalk is open and bustling with activity. After years of planning, designing, fundraising, and building this unique amenity, it's gratifying to receive so much positive feedback about the newest Schuylkill Banks trail segment. We’re also thankful that the Center City and Grays Ferry Crescent trail segments continue to be an important part of so many people's lives. And we are thrilled to have seen so many of you at trail events and cleanups in 2014.

It's hard to imagine that just over a decade ago, the Schuylkill riverfront was an inaccessible wasteland. Many people were instrumental in the creation of the Banks, and many more continue to have a defining role on this transformational public space.

Thanks to all of our partners, donors, and volunteers who provide vision, advocacy, funds, and labor to consistently expand and improve Schuylkill Banks. Our thanks also goes out to everyone who creates a vibrant environment along the river by using the park and trail and joining us for movie nights, riverboat and kayak tours, and special events.

Thank you all for helping to make Schuylkill Banks everything that it is today and for sticking with us as we continue to connect the trail to Bartram's Garden and extend it to Fort Mifflin!

11/18/2014 10:44am
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Liana has been a Schuylkill Banks Volunteer since June 2013. A Penn Engineering grad student living in Graduate Hospital, Liana uses the trail for picnicking, jogging and commuting. She says that as a volunteer, she’s felt more connection to the city through the park. Liana has helped with everything from riverboat and kayak tours, to movie nights, to special events. On busy summer days, it’s always nice to know that we can count on Liana to take charge!

Liana has gone above and beyond by getting others involved, too. In June, she organized a group of Penn Engineering students to help with post-flood cleanup. She also brought a group of hardworking Penn students to the LOVE Your Park Cleanup last Saturday, playing a big role in the event’s success.

Thanks for your hard work and positivity over the past year and a half, Liana! Schuylkill Banks is a better place because of you.

11/18/2014 9:57am
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More than 30 volunteers, including a group from Penn Engineering, gathered on the Center City trail on November 15 to participate in LOVE Your Park Day, a citywide fall cleanup and planting event. It was a cold morning, but volunteers warmed up quickly as they worked with SRDC staff to bag leaves, pick up trash, plant trees and mulch. By noon, the all-star group had collected 10 bags of trash and 7 bags of leaves, planted seven trees and mulched every freestanding tree on the greenway.  

SRDC was thrilled with everyone’s hard work, dedication and positive attitude. We extend our deepest thanks to everyone who came out to volunteer as part of the LOVE Your Park Cleanup. There’s always a lot of maintenance work to do as we head into winter, and your efforts make all the difference!