The first 1.2-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail from MLK Drive to Locust Street opened back in 2000 and is an extremely popular local outdoor amenity; now it’s being extended another 1,600 feet into South Philadelphia. (Photo courtesy Schuylkill River Development Corporation)
Officials have planned for another 1,600 feet of the Schuylkill River Trail to be developed and today, yes today, the newest segment opened up to eager trail bunnies.
Similar to the rest of the trail that was opened up 12 years ago, this new riverfront trail and greenway is now a beautiful recreational space. A far cry from the former brown field that occupied the landscape before. What’s more, the new trail has opened up river access to diverse neighborhoods in South Philadelphia that have until now been cut off from the Schuylkill.
The Grays Ferry Crescent is the first segment trail to be built in South Philly, connecting the vast waterfront recreation opportunities to Forgotten Bottom, Grays Ferry and Point Breeze.
You can access the trail at Schuylkill Avenue and Wharton Street. Find parking at nearby, 1350 Schuylkill Avenue.
The project provides bicycle and pedestrian trails, plus several walking trails, totaling another 1,600 feet for the trail.
Next on the Schuylkill to-do list is a half-mile boardwalk from Locust to South Street and a pedestrian and bicycle access ramp at the new South Street Bridge, providing a connection to the boardwalk.
So, get on out there. Enjoy the new trails and live it up on the Schuylkill River banks.