Schuylkill River Development Corporation
SRDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization charged by the City of Philadelphia with revitalizing the area around the 8-mile tidal section of the Schuylkill River, from the Fairmount Dam to the Delaware River, branded as Schuylkill Banks. The centerpiece of this effort is the construction, programming, and maintenance of a continuous riverfront trail and greenway with associated access points and amenities along the Banks. The first phase of trail construction, which is well underway, will connect the Fairmount Water Works and Bartram’s Garden, both National Historic Landmarks. The subsequent phases of trail construction will extend Schuylkill Banks to Fort Mifflin, another National Historic Landmark, situated near the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.
SRDC is revitalizing Philadelphia’s tidal Schuylkill River corridor into an asset that connects neighborhoods and encourages investment. Working with the City and stakeholders to build, maintain, and program Schuylkill Banks, SRDC drives improvements in recreation and transportation, community and economic development, public health, and environmental stewardship, benefiting neighbors, Philadelphia and the region.
SRDC envisions the continued transformation of Schuylkill Banks, the 8-mile tidal Schuylkill corridor between the Fairmount Dam and the Delaware River, into Philadelphia’s premier riverfront destination. The Schuylkill Banks greenway, composed of unique neighborhood riverfront parks connected by a continuous trail, will be used heavily for alternative transportation and for active and passive recreation. Areas surrounding the greenway will see significant investments resulting in increased residential, commercial, and light industrial development; neighborhoods will be vibrant and healthy, and community members will be engaged and active stewards of Schuylkill Banks.