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South to Christian segment along Schuylkill River Trail opens

It’s a soft opening, but ready for use

Showing a person biking along the Schuylkill River Trail between South and Christian
The South to Christian segment of the Schuylkill River Trail is now open.
Photos by Melissa Romero

It’s been years in the making, but another portion of the Schuylkill River Trail has opened, this time between South and Christian streets.

Schuylkill Banks announced Wednesday that South to Christian has opened to trail users, extending the trail by another 1,400 feet and closing the gap between the Boardwalk and Grays Ferry Crescent.

It’s a soft opening for the trail, with an official dedication following in the spring, according to the Schuylkill Banks, which also asked users to “please stay on paved areas only while plants and grasses become established.” In the meantime, the trail is open and already saw some use on Wednesday by cyclists and pedestrians.

The new portion of the trail, designed by landscape architect Ground Reconsidered, is accessible from South Street Bridge and from the public plaza at the new CHOP Roberts Center for Pediatric Research tower. From there, you can walk to the end of a new bridge where there is an overlook, and then take the stairs down to the path.

Here is what you’ll see along the trail.

Showing a person biking along the Schuylkill River Trail between South and Christian Photos by Melissa Romero

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, , PA

Schuylkill River Trail

Schuylkill River Trail, , PA