February 7, 2016
The Schuylkill River Trail reopened from Chestnut to Locust Streets earlier this week as the water portion of a diesel-fuel spill cleanup has concluded, authorities said Friday. U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen said 1,300 gallons of oil were vacuumed up from the Schuylkill. He said some oil was also cleaned up by "absorbent pads" and "booms" in the river, but that amount is hard to quantify. Cleanup efforts are now shifting to the land, particularly from the source of the oil spill, a generator at 2400 Market Street, to the area by the CSX railroad tracks.
February 7, 2016 |
Police said Friday that they had arrested two teenagers in connection with an armed robbery this week on the Schuylkill River Trail, and are investigating whether they were responsible for other assaults on the popular pathway. The boys, 16 and 17, are facing charges that include aggravated assault, robbery, theft, and related crimes in Wednesday night's attack on a 38-year-old man, police said. The victim told police he was walking north on the trail just before 9 p.m. when four teenagers on bicycles approached him near Paine's Park, pointed handguns at him, and demanded money, his cellphone, and his bag. He handed over the phone, but was beaten and punched when he refused to unlock it, police said.
November 5, 2015 |
The Manayunk Bridge dominates the view from the outdoor deck behind Gaily's Crazy Cow Cafe. The nearly 100-year-old bridge reopened Friday as a pedestrian and bicycle throughway connecting Lower Merion and Philadelphia. "I'm hoping they'll see me from the bridge and come down here," said Gaily Moore, the owner of the restaurant on Manayunk's Main Street. She is among business owners looking to the bridge to bring new customers. The proximity of Main Street shopping to the bridge has some envisioning Manayunk as the go-to shopping and eating destination for Lower Merion's Bala Cynwyd community.
October 25, 2015 |
Runners, cyclists, or just people enjoying a stroll or taking their dog for a walk along the Schuylkill River Trail have just one water faucet available to them north of Boathouse Row, and that one is way up there, near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge. That's about to change. The Philadelphia Water Department announced Friday that next spring, it will install four water stations on that popular stretch on the east side of the river, from Boathouse Row to East Falls. And these will not be your typical water fountains: They will be high-tech affairs, even if they will only dispense tap. The water stations will hold a traditional fountain, two spigots for refilling water bottles, and a bowl at ground level for pets.
October 3, 2014 |
THE $18 MILLION Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk opens today, so Philadelphians and their leashed dogs can "walk on water" from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. Bike on water, too. Built out into the river parallel to the east bank, the 2,000-foot boardwalk experience is a heady mix of ducks and trucks, trees and breeze, cityscape and landscape, roadway and waterway, industrial and pastoral, trains and turtles, big sky and big city. Strolling along the city's newest people magnet yesterday, Joseph Syrnick, president/CEO of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, who has spent eight years guiding the project from drawing board to boardwalk, talked about the romance of the river.
July 15, 2014 |
With a glistening river beside him and a lush treetop canopy above, Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, was in his nature-loving glory atop his Zurich LeMond road bike one spring day a couple of years ago, breezing along the Schuylkill River Trail, when two things of beauty caught his eye. They were signs on the fence of a restaurant on the other side of Kelly Drive, just west of the Route 1 overpass, in...
February 19, 2014
What was once the site of a tank factory and a School District office building may soon be home to a 23-story research center for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. But the plans have raised good questions about how the neighborhood tucked on the Schuylkill's eastern bank below South Street should evolve. This is about more than one neighborhood, however. The broader issue is how development in any community should complement the city's comprehensive strategy to restore vitality to areas flirting with decay.
November 15, 2013 |
A pedestrian ramp for the Ben Franklin Bridge, a former rail bridge over the Schuylkill in Manayunk, and a Burlington County trail are among 13 trails getting $4 million for design and construction, local officials said Wednesday. The trails are part of a 750-mile network being built for pedestrians and bicyclists in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. About 285 miles of trails in the network are built, and an additional 50 miles are in development, leaving about 415 miles to go. Trail advocates hope to complete the network within 20 years at a cost of $250 million.
November 9, 2013 |
Philadelphia and its suburbs are slowly making good on an ambitious plan to build a 750-mile network of biking and walking paths throughout the region. Mayor Nutter last week opened a 12-foot-wide, 1.6-mile-long asphalt sidewalk along North Delaware Avenue through the industrial heartland of Port Richmond, and this month, Chester County will open a seven-mile segment of the Chester Valley Trail along Route 202 near Chesterbrook. A $10 million, 2,000-foot-long concrete "boardwalk" being built out into the Schuylkill will extend the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge in 2014.
August 12, 2013 |
CONSTRUCTION ON the eagerly awaited boardwalk extension of the Schuylkill Banks trail is chugging along, with its slated completion date of August 2014 mostly intact. Weather delays this winter, however, could add a month or two to the contraction timeline, said Lane Fike, director of capital programs at the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. "They have to pour the concrete on the deck, and that is dependent on weather," he explained. "We're pretty happy with the progress.