Stories from the Banks

9/10/2014 12:05pm
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The 10th Annual Philly Fun Fishing Fest, held on Schuylkill Banks on Saturday, September 6, was a ton of fun, thanks to the Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, PA Fish and Boat Commission, over 130 participants and many wonderful volunteers!

Click here to read more and see photos from the Fishing Fest. 

8/19/2014 10:41am
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Movie Series (presented by CSX Transportation) - Tonight's showing of Pitch Perfect has been postponed due to threats of thunderstorms. We have several rain dates coming up over the next two weeks:

  • Pitch Perfect at Walnut Street on Tuesday, August 26
  • Despicable Me 2 at the Grays Ferry Crescent on Thursday, August 28
  • The Karate Kid at the Grays Ferry Crescent on Tuesday, September 2
  • Rocky at Walnut Street on Thursday, September 4.

As with all of our movie nights, free snacks and beverages will be provided before each of these movies. Click here for the full updated schedule. We hope to see you there!

Riverboat Tours (presented by SCA Americas) - Discover the Hidden River on a Secrets of the Schuylkill tour, or take a Boat to Bartram's Garden to explore John Bartram's historic house and garden. Tours depart on select Saturday afternoons or evenings, Sunday afternoons, and Thursday evenings. To view a full list of tour dates and times and to purchase tickets, click here. Our riverboat tours often sell out, so we encourage everyone to buy their tickets early.

Kayak Tours - Hop in a kayak and see the Schuylkill from a new perspective. Hidden River Outfitters' professionally guided Basic and Moonlight Kayak Tours depart from the Walnut Street Dock on select Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays through September 28. We still have some space available on September 4 at 6:45pm, September 13 at 6pm and 8pm, and September 20 at 2pm. For a full list of dates and times, click here. Call us at 215-222-6030 x100 to reserve your spot today!

8/17/2014 3:05pm
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Riverboat Tours (presented by SCA Americas) - Tours depart on select Saturday afternoons or evenings, Saturday afternoons, and Thursday evenings. To view a full list of tour dates and times and to purchase tickets, click here. Our riverboat tours often sell out, so we encourage everyone to buy their tickets early if you have a specific day and time that you prefer. Interested in discount tickets? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive last-minute discount codes for use on select tour dates.

Kayak Tours - Hop in a kayak and see the Schuylkill from a new perspective. Hidden River Outfitters' professionally guided Basic and Moonlight Kayak Tours have returned to the Banks on select Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays this summer. We still have some space available on June 24 and August 7 at 6:45 pm, August 16 at 6 and 8 pm, and August 23 at noon and 2 pm. For a full list of dates, times and information about how to purchase tickets, click here. Reserve your spot today!

Movie Series (presented by CSX Transportation) - Join us on July 24 near Walnut Street for Zoolander, July 31 at Paine's Park for Scott Pilgrim vs the World, on August 7 at Walnut Street for Princess Bride, and on August 14 at Grays Ferry Crescent for The Karate Kid (1984)! We also had to postpone showings of Despicable Me 2 and Rocky due to rain, so rain dates will be held on August 28 at Grays Ferry Crescent (Despicable Me 2) and September 4 at Walnut Street (Rocky). Click here for the full schedule and updated rain date info as the season progresses.

8/17/2014 2:00pm
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To call Karen the “Volunteer of the Month” is a vast understatement. A Customer Care Specialist at Xerox, Karen is SRDC’s longest-standing volunteer. She has been contributing her many skills and passionate efforts to SRDC for almost a decade, and has been on SRDC’s Board of Directors since 2010.

Karen is always ready to leap into action, whether engaging a curious trail user, setting up for a movie night, or helping people into kayaks. When SRDC needs extra hands to help with trash and debris on the trail, Karen is always one of the first to offer assistance. Karen is also the Friends of Schuylkill Banks Board Liaison, helping to organize fundraising events for operations and maintenance on the trail. She is a shining example and a source of information for volunteers both new and old.

Karen’s knowledge of SRDC and Schuylkill Banks is invaluable. She is a vital part of the SRDC family, and Schuylkill Banks is a much better place because of her dedication through the years. Thank you, Karen. We can’t imagine Schuylkill Banks without you!

8/16/2014 12:48pm
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Would you like to help with riverboat tours, kayak tours, movie nights, Fish Fest or cleanup events as we move into the fall season?

SRDC depends on a group of wonderful volunteers to make our diverse programming possible and keep the Banks clean and beautiful all year long. If you are excited about what we do and want to help make a difference, we would love to have you on our team!

Whether you can commit to a weekly shift or are looking for a one-time volunteering opportunity, we have a place for you. For more information, please email Zoe Axelrod at zoe.axelrod@srdc.net or call (215) 222-6030 x105. 

7/22/2014 1:28pm
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After taking a Boat to Bartram’s Garden tour last fall, Justin decided that he wanted to give back to Schuylkill Banks. A Texas native who manages textbook sales for Barnes & Noble in University City, Justin uses the trail regularly for weekend bike rides, morning runs and nightly walks. As a volunteer, he looked forward to meeting new people, hearing their stories and sharing his own.

Over the past year, Justin has become one of our MVPs, helping with everything from riverboat and kayak tours to movie nights to cleanup events. He always greets event attendees with warmth and enthusiasm, and is energetic no matter how early a cleanup starts, or how late a movie night ends. Thanks for helping to make Schuylkill Banks a better place, Justin! We look forward to having you on the team for many seasons to come.

7/18/2014 2:31pm
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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 within 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 $65,000 to keep the Center City and Grays Ferry Crescent segments of Schuylkill Banks clean and safe; $17,596 was spent on trash and 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 donors who make our work possible!

7/16/2014 4:15pm
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The Race Street at-grade crossing gates, which were damaged due to flooding at the beginning of May, have been repaired and re-opened. The Streets department anticipates making a formal announcement later this week that the re-opening is permanent, pending additional testing and confirmation.

Thank you for your patience throughout the repair process. See you on the Banks!

6/27/2014 10:33am
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We have been informed by the City that the new equipment needed for the gate repair has been purchased and is in transit to Philadelphia. The installation is scheduled for the week of July 14. It will take about 3 days once the work starts. 

The crossing will be OPEN July 2 from 7pm to midnight, and July 4 (Independence Day) from 3pm to midnight to accomodate  the expected crowds on the waterfront.

6/23/2014 1:57pm
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Riverboat Tours (presented by SCA Americas) - Tours depart on select Saturday afternoons or evenings, Saturday afternoons, and Thursday evenings. To view a full list of tour dates and times and to purchase tickets, click here. Our riverboat tours often sell out, so we encourage everyone to buy their tickets early if you have a specific day and time that you prefer. Interested in discount tickets? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive last-minute discount codes for use on select tour dates.

Kayak Tours - Hop in a kayak and see the Schuylkill from a new perspective. Hidden River Outfitters' professionally guided Basic and Moonlight Kayak Tours have returned to the Banks on select Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays this summer. We still have some space available on June 28 at noon and 2 pm, July 6 at noon, July 19 at 6 and 8 pm, and July 24 at 6:45 pm. For a full list of dates, times and information about how to purchase tickets, click here. Reserve your spot today!

Movie Series (presented by CSX Transportation) - Join us on June 26 near Walnut Street for Rushmore, July 3 at Walnut Street for the Rocky Rain Date, on July 10 at Walnut Street for Finding Nemo, and on July 17 at Grays Ferry Crescent for Back to the Future! We also had to postpone the June 19 showing of Despicable Me 2 due to rain, so it will be held on August 28 at Grays Ferry Crescent. Click here for the full schedule and updated rain date info as the season progresses.