It took longer than expected, but we now have an opening date for Bartram’s Mile: April 22, 2017, otherwise known as Earth Day.
As the name suggests, Bartram’s Mile will be a one-mile stretch along the west banks of the Schuylkill River, from Grays Ferry Avenue to 56th Street. When it opens, it will serve as the first true west-bank link between Bartram’s Garden, the country’s oldest surviving botanic garden, with the Schuylkill River Trail.
In what now feels like ages ago, the Andropogon-designed project broke ground in November 2015, back when Michael Nutter was still mayor. The trail was expected to open in summer 2016.
The ribbon-cutting is open to the public, and will take place at 11:30 a.m. on April 22 at the new 56th Street Plaza. Until then, here’s a sneak peek of the trail, courtesy of the Schuylkill Banks.
- Bartram Mile link to Schuylkill Banks breaks ground [Curbed Philly]