Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR)—working with its primary partners the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) and the John Bartram Association (JBA)—is leading a process to reimagine what it is calling “Bartram’s Mile,” which is one mile of currently vacant river frontage along the western banks of the Tidal Schuylkill between Grays Ferry Avenue and 58th Street.
The Green2015 plan released by PPR highlights Bartram’s Mile as a major opportunity to convert publicly owned vacant land to public green space before 2015. This new open space has the potential to provide riverfront access and recreation opportunities to an underserved neighborhood as well as help restore an important watershed.
To that end, your input is needed on what you’d like to see there to make it Philadelphia’s next green destination! Please attend any one of the four public events so you can visit the area and share your ideas. Trail veterans, Bartram’s members, neighbors, first-timers…all are welcome, and there will be free food on November 5 and 10!
Bike Tour, Saturday, November 3, 1:30 to 4:00 pm
Meet at the Bartram’s Farm for its Fall Harvest Day—celebrate before biking! Organized with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Walking Tour, Sunday, November 4, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Meet at Bartram’s Garden Trail Head guided by Mark Focht (Parks and Recreation), Maitreyi Roy (Bartram’s Garden), and José Almiñana (Andropogon Associates).
Dinner Conversation, Monday, November 5, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Bartram’s Garden, 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard.
Design Workshop, Saturday, November 10, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Bartram’s Garden, 54th St and Lindbergh Boulevard.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-573-8720. If you can’t attend one of these special events, submit your input online here.