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Kensington & Tacony Trail on Abandoned Railroad Breaks Ground

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The 1.15-mile trail will pass through 4.5 acres of green space

City officials broke ground yesterday on the first phase of the Kensington and Tacony (K&T) Trail, a proposed 1.15-mile pedestrian path along the Delaware River.

It's been a long time coming: Final design concepts for the trail began in the summer of 2008 and construction was supposed to begin in 2015.

When all is said and done, the path will extend from the Frankford Boat Launch to Magee Avenue and connect the Wissinoming and Tacony neighborhoods. The whole site encompasses 4.5 acres, which will feature 20 interpretive signs on the history and natural environment of the area, 80 trees, 1,000 shrubs, 5,700 grass and perennial plants, and native meadows.

One part of the trail through Lardner's Point Park is already complete. When the whole trail, part of the region's Circuit Trails network, is built in 2017, it will complete 70 percent of the North Delaware Greenway Trail.