Stories from the Banks

6/27/2016 10:23am
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Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality, are launching Parks on Tap this week at Schuylkill Banks! Parks on Tap is a program that will bring a mobile beer garden to a different city park each week for 14 weeks, starting Wednesday, June 29 at Schuylkill Banks and running through October 2.

6/17/2016 10:43am
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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 23. 

Upcoming Secrets of the Schuylkill Tours

  • Saturday, June 25 at 5:30 & 7pm
  • Thursday, June 30 at 5:30 & 7pm
  • Thursday, July 14 at 5:30 & 7pm

Upcoming Boat to Bartram's Garden Tours

  • Sunday, July 17 at 12noon & 1pm
  • Sunday, July 31  at 12noon & 1pm

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 25. 

Upcoming Kayak Tours

  • Saturday, June 25 - 5:45pm & 8pm (moonlight)
  • Thursday, June 30 - 6:45pm
  • Saturday, July 9 - 3:45 & 5:45pm
  • Sunday, July 17 - 12noon & 2pm

Movie Series - Join us for 7 more nights of free movies, presented by CSX transportation. All movies start at dusk on Thursday nights through August 11.

Upcoming Movies

  • June 23 - "Space Jam" at the Grays Ferry Crescent 
  • June 30 - "Dirty Dancing" at Walnut Street 
  • July 14 - "This is Spinal Tap" at Walnut Street
6/17/2016 10:18am
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Thanks to everyone who kicked off the new season at this year's Schuylkill Shindig, presented by PECO!

The annual Friends of Schuylkill Banks fundraising party was held on June 4, 2016, and featured delicious food by Garces' new 24, Shake Shack custard, Schuylkill River Trail Ale, live music from Flat Mary Road and The Bigness, and a Poseybooth.

Special thanks to PECO for being the presenting sponsor at this year’s event, and to all of our sponsors, including Sunoco, Sly Fox Brewery, East Coast Greenway, AECOM, Michael Baker International, My Fabulous Mama, Carr & Duff, Yoga on the Banks, Patriot Harbor Lines and GLOBO. Thanks to the generosity of these sponsors and trail users, we raised approximately $12,500 through the event this year for operations and trail maintenance! 

We look forward to seeing you all on the Banks this season!

6/15/2016 10:01am
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Spend Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th with our friends at INVISIBLE RIVER on the Schuylkill in East Fairmount Park!

Take out a kayak or canoe as dancers twirl, dangle, and mesmerize above your head during BECK EPOCH, the evenings of July 15th and July 16th at 7:30pm.

Bring the entire family for a festive exploration all day on July 16th from 10am-2pm during Schuylkill River Arts Day with dance and circus performances, free boating, fishing, interactive watershed lessons, local food and more!

To find out more about these events, visit

6/13/2016 11:50am
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This year’s Schuylkill Shindig would not have been possible without the help of a wonderful group of volunteers. Big thanks go out to Damian Albano, Noelle Beaumont, Helen Fox, Margaret Mullaney, David Putro, Rich Siller and Karen Smith!

These dedicated individuals showed up at noon to string lights, hang decorations and set up tables and chairs in preparation for the event. They checked people in during the event and kept everything running smoothly, and stayed until 11pm to clean up and break everything down. Thanks to their hard work and expertise, Shindig set-up was easier than ever!

Beyond the Shindig, many of these volunteers have dedicated their time during other Schuylkill Banks events, including riverboat and kayak tours, movie nights and cleanups. We are so grateful for their on-going support of SRDC’s mission, which enables us to deliver quality programming and maintain the trail and greenway year-round.

Thanks for all that you do to make Schuylkill Banks great!

5/27/2016 12:44pm
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The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is auctioning off a package of exclusive items ahead of the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic taking place on Sunday June 5th. The Classic is the most prestigious one-day cycling event in the United States.

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.