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Don't Forget to Vote—for a Boat Dock in the Schuylkill!

By Virginia C. McGuire

Have you always wanted a sand volleyball court in West Philly? Want one of those old-school outdoor fitness courses with chin-up bars and sit-up benches? Or a wheelchair accessible path down to the river? What about a public boat dock so you can put your kayak into the water and tool around on the Schuylkill?

A new public green space called Bartram's Mile is being planned along an underused stretch of the Schuylkill River near Bartram's Garden, and Parks and Rec is looking for public input. The park will begin at Grays Ferry Bridge and end at 58th Street. Eventually, planners hope the new park will form part of a trail that will connect Cobb's Creek Park with the Schuylkill River, and the Parks and Recreation .

Although no timeline has been established yet, "the Parks and Recreation Department is very committed to this," says Andrew Goodman, a city planner with Penn Praxis who is involved with the design of the new park.

There's an event tonight—a community gathering at Bartram's Garden at 5—to gather feedback, and there's a design workshop on Saturday. Or simply take this online survey to have your voice heard.

· Bartram's Mile