Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Completing the Schuylkill River Trail

Borrowed from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia -- where there is always excellent, current bicycle and pedestrian information available. Thank you BCGP. WalkBikeBerks supports the completion of the Schuylkill River Trail from Berks County to Philadelphia.

Completing the Schuylkill River Trail to Create the Region’s First Green Transportation Corridor

a Town Square Series forum
Location: Academy of Natural Sciences
Date: Thursday, February 26th
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
(Refreshments from 6-6:30pm; Panel begins at 6:30pm)

The Schuylkill River Trail is an extremely popular and heavily used recreational asset and commuter route. It also has the potential to be much more: a connector between a variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods and suburban neighbors, the region’s first green transportation corridor for multiple communities, a strong catalyst for economic development, and a critical access point to open space and commuting paths for under served neighborhoods.

To be complete, the trail has critical gaps that need to be filled, and it needs to be extended southward, northward and into more neighborhoods. There are nine trail projects that, if constructed, would complete Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail from Delaware County to Montgomery County. The Forum will detail the public benefits of a completed trail and describe the planned trail segments to make the case for the Greater Philadelphia region and its elected officials to work together to make these trail segments a priority and to fund their construction.
The organizations from the non-profit, development corporation and public sectors working together to articulate the vision for a completed and connected Schuylkill River Trail in the Greater Philadelphia Region include Schuylkill River Park Alliance, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Schuylkill Project, Manayunk Development Corporation, East Falls Development Corporation, Roxborough Development Corporation, Friends of Ivy Ridge Trail, Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Bartram’s Garden and Fairmount Park.

Introductory Remarks:
Curtis Jones Jr., Philadelphia City Council, 4th District
Michael DiBerardinis, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor, Office of Transportation and Utilities
Mark Focht, Executive Director, Fairmount Park

Sarah Clark Stuart, Schuylkill River Park Alliance
Loree D. Jones, Executive Director, Manayunk Development Corporation
Joseph Syrnick, President, Schuylkill River Development Corporation
Gina Snyder, Executive Director, East Falls Development Corporation
Christopher Leswing, Assistant Director, Planning Supervisor, Lower Merion Township

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