For years, joggers, walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts have had a tough time reaching Schuylkill River Park. Not any more.
A 680-foot pedestrian bridge now connects the park to the riverfront trail known as Schuylkill Banks in Center City.
The safe passageway should give users some peace of mind, in that they no longer have to put themselves in harm's way to ride their bikes or head out for a hike. That is, no more dodging freight trains or crossing CSX railroad tracks to get to the popular waterfront spot at 25th and Spruce Streets, where thousands flock daily.
Built only with federal dollars, the $5.6 million Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge at Locust took 15 months to complete. The legal path to last Saturday's dedication was even longer. There was plenty of opposition from park users and pet owners who were concerned that the bridge would compromise a dog park.