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Bartram’s Mile to open on Earth Day, April 22

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Bartram’s Mile will open along the west side of the Schuylkill Banks on April 22.
Rendering by Andropogon Associates

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.