Stories from the Banks

1/20/2016 10:44am
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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!

1/20/2016 10:18am
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SRDC recently completed a strategic planning process to help guide its work on Schuylkill Banks. Learn more about work done on the Banks to date and plans for upcoming capital projects, programming, and operations by downloading the pdf here.

1/20/2016 9:16am
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The Moth – an acclaimed nonprofit dedicated to the art and craft of personal stories told live – is coming to Philadelphia in February 2016 to host a storytelling workshop in partnership with The William Penn Foundation and Funders’ Network. The workshop will be offered free of charge, and will be made available to a total of 12 people. The theme for this workshop is REINVENTION: STORIES OF PHILADELPHIA. The stories to be developed during these sessions should be connected in some way to the topic of reinventing – remaking, making-over, bringing back, or reviving – oneself, one’s home or family, one’s company or career.

Learn more and submit an application to this unique workshop program here.

12/15/2015 1:45pm
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2015 was the Year of the Volunteer on Schuylkill Banks! In addition to our outstanding group of new and returning individual volunteers, we had more than 700 people contribute their efforts during group cleanups and other maintenance activities from January through December. This is our biggest annual volunteer count to date!

11/17/2015 4:13pm
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The weather is cooling down, our programming season has come to a close, and we are reflecting on another wonderful year.

This Thanksgiving, we are especially grateful that the Schuylkill River Trail was named the Best Urban Trail in America. We are also thankful that Bartram's Mile North has been remediated and that its groundbreaking is imminent. After years of working with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Bartram's Garden to plan, design, and raise funds for this project, it is exciting to see this new segment of the trail and greenway take shape.

And we're grateful that the Center City, Boardwalk and Grays Ferry Crescent trail segments continue to be an important part of so many people's lives. And we are thrilled to have seen so many of you at trail events and cleanups in 2015.

We continue to be amazed by how much Schuylkill Banks grows and evolves each year. Many people were instrumental in the creation of the Banks, and many more continue to have a defining role on this transformational public space.

Thanks to all of our partners, donors, and volunteers who provide vision, advocacy, funds, and labor to consistently expand and improve Schuylkill Banks. Our thanks also goes out to everyone who creates a vibrant environment along the river by using the park and trail and joining us for movie nights, riverboat and kayak tours, and special events.

Thank you all for helping to make Schuylkill Banks everything that it is today and for sticking with us as we continue to connect the trail to Bartram's Garden and extend it to Fort Mifflin!

11/17/2015 1:00pm
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Jeanne Buerkel has been supporting Schuylkill Banks since well before the trail and greenway existed. She first learned about proposals for a trail along the Schuylkill in the 1980s, and was all for it. Jeanne volunteered for riverfront cleanups while plans for the trail were still being drawn up.

She is thrilled that this dream has become a reality. “What a difference this trail has made,” says Jeanne, “It’s used for running, biking, for everything. The beauty of the space is wonderful. It has made a tremendous difference in the neighborhood.”

In addition to volunteering on the Banks with SRDC, Jeanne was the first individual giving donor when SRDC started its annual giving program in 2006 and has continued to donate each year. She feels that it is important to support this space that has transformed her neighborhood. Jeanne also connected SRDC with Franklin Institute so that the Banks could host Star Parties through the annual Philadelphia Science Festival Astronomy Night.

Thank you, Jeanne, for everything that you have done for the Banks and the neighborhood!

11/17/2015 12:17pm
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Spread joy while supporting your favorite trail and greenway this holiday season!

Schuylkill Banks Gear: Customize your favorite products with great Schuylkill Banks designs; choose from apparel, calendars, pet accessories, mugs, totes and much more.You can also spread the cheer with Schuylkill Banks holiday greeting cards. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a special person or pet in your life, there are plenty of ways to represent the Banks in style.

Softball Tees: Snag a Schuylkill Banks Softball Tee (pictured here), available in men's, women's and children's sizes. These are available for purchase in our online store ($16-$26 in a variety of styles) or in person ($10 for white raglan with navy sleeves)! Call Lucy at 215-222-6030 x100 or visit our office to purchase your shirt in-person today.

Riverboat and Kayak Tour Gift Certificates: Winter is just about here, but summer will arrive before we know it. Schuylkill Banks gift certificates make a great gift now and allow the recipient to enjoy a kayak or riverboat tour in the summer or fall. Call 215-222-6030 x100 for more information about Schuylkill Banks gift certificates.

Bench Plaques: Honor someone special, commemorate an occasion, or establish a memorial this holiday season with our Schuylkill Banks Adopt-a-Bench program. Learn more about sponsoring a bench on the greenway.

Donations: Looking for a purely philanthropic gift? Make a donation to SRDC on behalf of the giftee! Learn more about donating here. (Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.)
Thanks for giving the gift of Schuylkill Banks!

11/16/2015 10:05am
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Another successful programming season has come to a close. Many thanks to everyone who supported SRDC’s mission by coming out for special events, riverboat tours, kayak tours and movie nights on Schuylkill Banks!

Our events wouldn't be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. A solid team of both new and returning volunteers allowed us to offer quality programming and keep the Banks clean and beautiful all season.

In addition to volunteers, we also had two excellent part-time employees staffing the Schuyllkill Banks Center this year. Huge thanks go out to Natalie Griffith and Talia Kassie, who were on the trail every day answering trail user questions and helping our events run smoothly.  

Even though our programming season is over, there is still plenty to do on Schuylkill Banks. We look forward to seeing you out walking, running and biking on the trail and relaxing along the greenway this fall and winter!

10/19/2015 10:20am
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There is still time to see beautiful fall foliage from the river on a Secrets of the Schuylkill Riverboat Tour! Discover the sights, sounds and history of the river on this one-hour narrated tour, from the early 1700s at historic Bartram's Garden, to the 1800s at the Fairmount Water Works, to iconic 20th century buildings and award-winning 21st century skyscrapers.

There are only two tour dates left this season: Saturday, October 24 at 5:30 or 7pm, and Thursday, October 29 at 5:30pm. 

To learn more about these tours and to purchase tickets, click here. Our riverboat tours often sell out, so don't delay!

10/14/2015 10:08am
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Andrea DeSabato reached out to us in March with interest in volunteering on the Banks, and has since become a valuable member of the team. Andrea lives in Bala Cynwyd, but drives into the city to run and bike on the trail whenever she can. “Working in an office all week, on a computer, makes me really appreciate being outside around good people and sharing a really nice communal space,” she says. Andrea enjoys talking to people during her shift, and sharing their excitement about the trail and Schuylkill Banks events.

Andrea has been a great help during movie nights, kayak tours and cleanups. Her natural drive and positive energy inspire everyone around her to push harder. Whether carrying kayaks, trash bags or drink coolers before a movie night, Andrea is always ready to do some heavy lifting. She has stuck with us throughout the entire season, and we’re so grateful she did!

“My favorite part about volunteering is feeling like the work we do matters,” Andrea says. Indeed, the time and effort that our volunteers contribute is invaluable, and makes the Banks a much better place.

Thanks for all of your help this season, Andrea!