Stories from the Banks

4/14/2014 11:09am
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On the sunny morning of April 5, 2014, over 150 volunteers gathered on Schuylkill Banks for the Philly Spring Cleanup, a citywide event connecting thousands of Philadelphians with local non-profits and city agencies to pick up trash, paint, plant and beautify our great city. 

At the Schuylkill Banks cleanup, sponsored by PECO, volunteers—including a large contingent from Drexel University—tackled trash pickup, painted over graffiti, repainted light poles, bagged leaves and rubble, and filled in dirt trenches along the trail. By noon, several planting beds had been cleared and prepped for spring, and the trail was sparkling clean.

Shake Shack University City, SRDC’s partner organization, kept volunteers hip and hydrated with Shake Shack t-shirts, drink vouchers, and water. We thank Shake Shack for their ongoing support of Schuylkill Banks!

SRDC was so impressed by everyone’s hard work, dedication and positive attitude. We extend our deepest thanks to everyone who came out to volunteer as part of the Philly Spring Cleanup. There’s always a lot of maintenance work to do as we head into spring, and your efforts make a lasting difference!

3/31/2014 5:09pm
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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 28.

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

3/31/2014 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 Saturdays and Sundays. Check out the schedule and buy tickets here.

3/24/2014 12:20pm
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Thanks to everyone that nominated movies for the 2014 Schuylkill Banks Movie Series, presented by CSX. More than 300 movies were nominated this year - the final 10 viewers-choice films will be announced in April!

Congratulations to Eric Chappelle and John Patane who each received a $25 gift card from Philadelphia Runner and Stephen Saxon and Will Harries who each received a Schuylkill Banks t-shirt through the raffle for movie nominators. We hope you enjoy your prizes, and we hope to see everyone out on the trail this summer for some more great flicks on the Banks!

3/20/2014 10:20am
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CSX Transportation recently performed track work that required the temporary closure of the Locust Street at-grade crossing onto Schuylkill Banks. CSX has informed SRDC that while the track work is now complete, they will not be able to open the crossing until it is repaved. This means that CSX must wait for local asphalt plants to open for the spring season, which could take some time given the delayed cold weather we are currently experiencing.

During this time, you can access the Banks via the Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge, Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Market Street and JFK Bridges, or via the Race Street crossing, which will be unaffected by this work.

We’ll keep you up-to-date on our website (schuylkillbanks.org), and on Facebook and Twitter, as we learn more.

Thanks for your patience and cooperation. See you on the Banks!

3/11/2014 9:40am
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On March 7, 2014, SRDC Staff joined Harrison “Biff” Wetherill and his loved ones on Schuylkill Banks to celebrate Biff’s 70th birthday and dedicate a bench on Schuylkill Banks in his honor. With this dedication, Biff became the first ever recipient of a Schuylkill Banks Bench Plaque. All proceeds from Biff’s bench plaque will support on-going maintenance and programming along the greenway.

Biff’s plaque will be installed on a bench on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. Biff’s wife, Susan Wetherill, chose the bench location because Biff frequently sits on the Banks to watch Boardwalk construction progress. Biff’s unwavering attention to the project has earned him the title of “Citizen Boardwalk Inspector.”

SRDC would like to thank the Wetherill Family for their generous donation. We hope that Biff continues to enjoy watching Boardwalk construction, and sits on his bench often!

Interested in receiving a bench plaque of your own? Learn more about the Schuylkill Banks Adopt-a-Bench program here.

2/19/2014 2:50pm
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CSX Transportation is performing track work that will require the temporary closure of the Locust Street at-grade crossing onto Schuylkill Banks. This work began on Tuesday, February 19; SRDC is awaiting information from CSX about how long this work is scheduled to continue.

During this time, you can access the Banks via the Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge, Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Market Street and JFK Bridges, or via the Race Street crossing, which will be unaffected by this work.

We’ll keep you up-to-date on our website (schuylkillbanks.org), and on Facebook and Twitter, as we learn more.

Thanks for your patience and cooperation. See you on the Banks!

2/13/2014 6:03pm
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Hey movie lovers! What movies would you like to see during this year's Schuylkill Banks Movie Series? Action-packed animated adventures? Romantic films for snuggling under the stars? Side-splitting comedies? Your favorite movie that we seem to overlook year after year?

We need your help to ensure that this is the best year of outdoor films on Schuylkill Banks yet! Let us know what movies you want to see on the inflatable big screen this summer. The most popular selections will go into the running for the coveted final ten movie slots, to be announced this April.

Email your movie picks to info@schuylkillbanks.org by 5PM on March 15. 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 or a Philadelphia Runner gift card! You'll get one raffle entry per movie for the first six movies that you recommend, so keep those suggestions coming!

2/13/2014 5:31pm
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The Schuylkill River has been named River of the Year, and now it needs a logo! Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Montgomery County Planning Commission, SRDC and other partners are working to plan a year-long slate of activities to celebrate the Schuylkill's River of the Year status. We need a logo to use on signs, banners, flyers, and the annual Schuylkill River Sojourn T-shirt, and we want your help!

All submissions must be sent as an email attachment to lcatalano@schuylkillriver.org by 5pm on March 14.

Click here for River of the Year logo contest rules and more information.

2/12/2014 1:00pm
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Do you support funding trails in our region to make The Circuit the most comprehensive metropolitan trail system in the United States? Do you believe that biking and walking trails are an important and valuable method of transportation which deserves regional transportation funding? Do you value the chance to bike or walk on trails all day long, in any direction?

Then help SRDC and other members of the Circuit Coalition by signing the petition to complete the Circuit, Philadelphia's regional trail network. Join the more than 2,000 people who are advocating for our regional trail network by signing the online petition here. Thanks for your support!