Stories from the Banks

5/19/2016 10:12am
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SRDC welcomes Heather Saeger and Kyle Tribble to Schuylkill Banks this season as our new Program Assistants! From May to October, Heather and Kyle will be on the Banks answering trail user questions and helping out with events. You can find them at the Schuylkill Banks Center under the Walnut Street Bridge, from 4-8pm on weekdays and from 10am-2pm on weekends. Stop by the Center to buy riverboat or kayak tour tickets, sign up to volunteer, or learn more about upcoming trail segments.

We look forward to having Heather and Kyle on the SRDC team!

5/18/2016 4:04pm
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You can be a force for good on the Schuylkill River Trail by joining a town watch group for the trail. Connect with other walkers, runners, cyclists, and neighbors who are coming together to help make the trail safer for everyone. The next training session is scheduled for May 25, 2016. Learn more about the training here, or learn more about the SRTW here.

What: Schuylkill River Trail Watch (SRTW) Training
When: May 25, 2016 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: City Hall, Room 195

SRTW is also holding a logo design contest. Submissions are due May 23; learn more about the contest here.

5/9/2016 1:27pm
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The results of our 2016 viewers' choice movie series are in! We hope to see you out on the trail this summer for free showings of great films, including Labyrinth, Dirty Dancing, Inside Out, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Creed!

The Schuylkill Banks Movie Series, presented by CSX, will include six movies by the Walnut Street Bridge and four movies on the Grays Ferry Crescent. Click here for the full schedule.

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

4/7/2016 5:08pm
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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.

4/7/2016 4:57pm
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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 25.

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

3/23/2016 11:25am
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SRDC's office has moved to the 6th floor of 2401 Walnut Street! We've greatly enjoyed being on 30th Street for the last five years, but we are happy to be even closer to the Schuylkill Banks Center for the 2016 season.

Please note our new contact info:


2401 Walnut Street, Suite 603

Philadelphia, PA 19103


Phone: (215) 309-5523

Fax: (215) 309-3571

2/24/2016 11:44am
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We're already prepping for an exciting summer season on the Banks, and we need your help to make sure that the 2016 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 in 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!

2/24/2016 11:40am
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The annual Schuylkill Shindig fundraiser to support Schuylkill Banks maintenance will be held on June 4, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 on Schuylkill Banks under the Walnut Street Bridge. Stay tuned for more event details and ticketing information.

SRDC is seeking sponsors for this fun, high-profile event. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Danielle Gray at

2/24/2016 11:27am
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Councilman Kenyatta Johnson held a community meeting on February 11 to discuss creating a Town Watch for the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia. His office is working with Town Watch Integrated Services and Run 215 to oversee the creation of this program.

Town Watch Integrated Services will train and schedule volunteer town watch participants. We and the rest of the Schuylkill River Trail Safety Committee are optimistic that this group will help to deter crime and harassment and that it will make it easier for the police to quickly and effectively respond to issues on the trail.

The success of a town watch program depends on a dedicated team of conscientious volunteers. If you would like to join the town watch, please contact Town Watch Integrated Services at (215) 686-1459 or

2/22/2016 5:17pm
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Philadelphia Water wants to hear from you! What green improvements has your community seen as a result of the Green City Clean Waters plan? What stormwater infrastructure would you love to see in Philly's future? Take a quick 5-minute survey to share your feedback! You don’t need to be familiar with the plan or green stormwater infrastructure to participate. 

Click here to complete the survey by March 28. Thanks for your input!