Stories from the Banks

8/9/2015 8:06pm
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INVISIBLE RIVER 2015 is a community river arts festival taking place on Saturday, August 29th from 2-8pm in East Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River. It features a drum line processional down to the river, boat rentals on the Schuylkill, interactive art about the Schuylkill, food vendors and a beer garden! The grand finale is a performance on water - 22 stand up paddle board dancers encircling the Strawberry Mansion Bridge while aerialists descend from above it!

Paid and free boat rentals are available. To reserve a boat, and find out more information, please visit www.invisibleriver.org. #invisibleriver2015

8/9/2015 3:00pm
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Rich Siller joined our volunteer team in April, and has since helped out with everything from the Science Festival to the Schuylkill Shindig, from cleanups to movie nights. Rich and his wife moved last year from New Jersey to 24th and Chestnut, and use Schuylkill Banks regularly to walk, bike and relax. “When I was a student at Penn 40 years ago,” says Rich, “I never dreamed that I would eventually live in Center City next to the Schuylkill River.” Now, the trail serves as their backyard.

Rich enjoys giving back along the trail and seeing it enjoyed by others. His flexibility and willingness to jump in wherever needed have made him a great asset to the team. Whether stringing lights for the Shindig, manning the snack table at movie night or beautifying the trail during a cleanup, we can always count on Rich to give 100 percent. Schuylkill Banks is a green “backyard” for many Philadelphians, and it’s thanks to volunteers like Rich that we’re able to keep this amenity at its best! Thanks, Rich! 

8/5/2015 1:14pm
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Do you enjoy walking, running, biking or relaxing on Schuylkill Banks? Have you spent the evening watching a free movie on the Banks or explored the Schuylkill on a riverboat or kayk tour? Do you appreciate escaping to a clean, green riverfront in the heart of Philadelphia? Would you like to become a bigger part of the Schuylkill Banks success story?

SRDC depends on donations from trail heroes like you to support daily operations, including graffiti removal, picking up trash, and maintaining trail landscaping. As the weather has gotten warmer, SRDC's Maintenance Team has had to devote increasingly more time and resources to graffiti removal on the Banks. Last year, we spent more than $140,000 to keep the Center City and Grays Ferry Crescent segments of Schuylkill Banks clean and safe; $16,1616 was spent on graffiti removal alone. SRDC is responsible for raising these funds, and these costs will continue to grow in the future as the trail expands.

Whether you are able to donate $20 (enough to buy two roller and pan sets) or $100 (enough to buy five gallons of anti-graffiti paint), every donation to SRDC makes a big impact!

Many thanks to the supporters who make our work possible!

7/24/2015 12:26pm
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America has spoken, and the Schuylkill River Trail is officially the Best Urban Trail in the country! The SRT came out on top in the USA Today 10 Best contest, ahead of some impressive competitors including the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail in Columbia, Maryland, the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, South Carolina, and the Lakefront Trail in Chicago.

Thanks for voting and spreading the word to push the SRT into the #1 spot!

7/23/2015 2:32pm
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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.

August Secrets of the Schuylkill Tours (5:30 and 7:00 pm)

  • Saturday, August 1
  • Thursday, August 6
  • Saturday, August 16
  • Thursday, August 20
  • Saturday, August 29

August Boat to Bartram's Garden Tours (noon and 2:00 pm)

  • Sunday, August 9
  • Sunday, August 23 

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:

August Kayak Tours

  • Saturday, August 1 - 5:45 Basic Tour & 8:00 Moonlight Tour
  • Thursday, August 6 - 6:45 Basic Tour
  • Saturday, August 15 - Noon and 2:00 Basic Tour
  • Sunday, August 23 - Noon and 2:00 Basic Tour

Movie Series - Join us for 5 more nights of free movies, presented by CSX transportation. Movies are scheduled through August 27 - though the season may be extended for rain dates.

Upcoming Films:

  • "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" on July 30 at Paine's Park 
  • "Tangled" on August 6 at Walnut Street 
  • "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" on August 13 at Grays Ferry Crescent
  • "Guardians of the Glaxy" on August 20 at Walnut Street 
  • "Safety Not Guaranteed" on August 27 at Walnut Street (rescheduled from July 9)
7/17/2015 12:51pm
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Emily McCully has long taken advantage of everything the Banks has to offer. She uses the trail for 5K training and free yoga classes, and brings out-of-town guests on riverboat tours. “Since I don't have any outdoor space at my apartment, I think of the trail as a giant backyard, and love that it has become a popular spot for people to picnic, read, or just relax in the sun,” she says.

Emily started volunteering on Schuylkill Banks in April during our first Earth Day cleanup. Since then, Emily has become an invaluable member of the volunteer team, helping with riverboat tours, kayak tours and other events. If there’s ever any down time during an event, Emily takes it upon herself to pick up trash along the trail. “I find it rewarding to contribute to the efforts to share the trail and the banks with others and pay it forward,” she says. “It is just plain fun: an opportunity to be out in the sun and on the river, taking advantage of a beautiful part of the city.”

Emily’s upbeat attitude and willingness to go above and beyond during every shift have made a big difference on the trail this season. She says she loves “being part of something that is such an asset to the neighborhood and to the city.” Thank you, Emily, for being such an asset to Schuylkill Banks and all who use it!

7/10/2015 2:43pm
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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is engaging youth on the Circuit this summer through Pop-Up Bike Clinics. These clinics will provide youth with the opportunity to have their bikes repaired for free and learn how make basic bike repairs themselves. The mechanic will also introduce kids to the Circuit Regional Trail Network and give out Circuit-themed prizes! 

Kids can stop by the pop-up clinic on Sunday, August 2 and Saturday, August 8 from 10am to 1pm, at the gravel area just north of the Walnut Street Bridge on Schuylkill Banks. 

7/10/2015 11:33am
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You may have noticed some new temporary fencing on the trail near Chestnut Street. This is a precautionary measure to prevent large vehicles from driving there as we have discovered some "iffy" substructure conditions. This fencing will remain in place until the conditions are further evaluated and decisions made about possible repair needs. We know this is inconvenient but safety must always come first. Thank you for your patience.

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