Stories from the Banks

4/13/2015 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 three movies on the Grays Ferry Crescent and one movie at Paine's Park in addition to our standard six movies by the Walnut Street Bridge. Click here for the full schedule.

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

3/30/2015 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.

3/15/2015 2:01pm
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Thanks to everyone who nominated movies for the 2015 Schuylkill Banks Movie Series, presented by CSX. Nearly 400 movies were nominated this year - the final 10 viewers-choice films will be announced in April!

Congratulations to Shannon Macika, who received a Schuylkill Banks t-shirt through the raffle for movie nominators. We hope to see everyone out on the trail this summer for some more great flicks on the Banks!

2/25/2015 10:45am
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We are asked frequently about ice and snow removal on the new Boardwalk. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) is responsible for snow plowing on Schuylkill Banks, and they do a great job plowing the trail from MLK to Locust St. in a timely manner.

SRDC has some concerns about plowing and salting doing potential damage to the Boardwalk deck and river, and will meet with PPR soon to discuss the best ways to handle these issues. PPR has agreed not to plow or salt the Boardwalk until we’ve had this meeting. We're hoping that the current snow and ice will melt fairly quickly as the weather gets warmer. Thank you for using caution and bearing with us as we work through logistics for this new segment!

2/20/2015 4:55pm
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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 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!

2/20/2015 11:10am
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For most people, winter is a time to hunker down and hibernate. But February’s Volunteer of the Month wanted to be active and give back. Ed Cyr reached out to us in December with interest in helping out on the Banks. A retired US History teacher living in Rittenhouse Square, Ed used the trail to run and walk his dog. He became fascinated by the history of the Schuylkill, and wanted to learn more.

Throughout the winter, Ed researched the lower tidal Schuylkill, digging up some fascinating historical information that will be a great help when we make interpretive signage for future trail segments. He also did some literal digging, helping our staff with weekly trail maintenance and cleanups. Ed is most excited for warmer weather and summer programming, especially kayaking (we can’t blame him).

Thanks for helping us make it through the long, cold winter, Ed!

2/6/2015 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.

1/19/2015 2:19pm
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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 3:58pm
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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 1:40pm
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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!