Bartram’s Mile Now Open
The 1.1-mile addition to the Schuylkill River Trail offers walkers, bikers, and skaters direct access to Bartram's Garden and is the first leg that's west of the river.
The first stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail on the west side of the river is ready to open — just in time for Earth Day — and officials are throwing a public party to celebrate.
The newest portion of the trail, a 1.1-mile stretch known as Bartram’s Mile, will officially open April 22, with a ribbon-cutting packed with dignitaries and a bunch of family activities, too. This segment has been eagerly anticipated, because it connects the heavily-used trail with a part of the city that’s lacking much green space. It also offers bikers, walkers, and skaters the chance to get to Bartram’s Garden and all of its riverfront attractions without leaving the trail.
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation led the development of the space, which runs between Grays Ferry Avenue and 56th Street. The $6 million project included a new plaza at 56th Street, a bandstand, and other improvements.
Other supporters included the William Penn Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Lenfest Foundation, and the McLean Contributionship.
After the ribbon-cutting, there will be a family bike ride, walk, and parade, starting at noon. There’s plenty to do at Bartram’s Garden, too — the event coincides with the annual spring open house and plant sale, and visitors can enjoy free river boating and a concert in the historic garden.
The event is free and open to the public.
Rendering by Andropogon.