Dignitaries and ordinary folks got to test out the latest section of the Schuylkill Banks Trail on bamboo bicycles during a Philadelphia Parks and Recreation ribbon-cutting ceremony last weekend.
The Bartram Mile became the newest segment of the greenway that parallels the river for several miles from the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the western tip of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia.
“Bartram’s Mile will be a great addition to the Southwest Philadelphia community, not only to showcase the garden’s hidden treasure, but to also promote healthy living in an area where people face significant health risks,” state Sen. Anthony Williams (D-8) said during the April 22 ceremony.
The greenway runs along the west bank of the Schuylkill River between Grays Ferry Avenue and 56th Street. It is connected to the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail via the Schuylkill crossing.
“The trail is an opportunity for Southwest Philadelphians to connect to the river and our city’s amazing park system for the first time in generations and [will] anchor Bartram’s Garden as our community’s outdoor living room,“ said Maitreyi Roy, executive director at Bartram’s Garden. Continue reading