Top Reasons To Visit The Awesome New Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
A breathtaking new over-the-water extension of the Schuylkill River Trail
The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is officially open — and we’re really excited.
Three years in the making, the boardwalk is an awesome over-the-water extension of the existing Schuylkill River Trail, extending the trail from Locust Street another four blocks south to connect to the South Street Bridge.
This is a huge addition to the trail, which is easily one of the most-used parks in Center City Philadelphia with more than 19,000 users every week. This extension is only going to grow the trail’s popularity, connecting it with University City and beyond.
Below are some of the top reasons you’ll want to check out the brand new trail extension as soon as you can.
The Boardwalk is over the water(!).
Depending on tides, the boardwalk is suspended between six and twelve feet above the water level of the Schuylkill River. (Photo courtesy of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation)
The extension had to happen via an over-the-water boardwalk because there wasn’t sufficient space for the trail to continue over land along this portion of the trail on account of active railroad tracks.
It connects to the existing trail at Locust Street.
The trail extension can be accessed at Locust Street, the current southern end of the trail. The on-ground trail seamlessly connects to the over-the-water boardwalk portion of the trail here. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
It extends the trail from Locust to South Street.
The boardwalk extends the trail from Locust Street another four blocks south to connect to the South Street Bridge.
It’s 2,000 feet long.
The 2,000-foot-long boardwalk runs along the eastern bank of the Schuylkill River, about 50 feet out from shore at its furthest point, beyond the tree canopy.
And 15 feet wide.
The boardwalk is 15 feet wide and has two lanes, one for people going in each direction.
It can be used by walkers, runners, bikers and more.
The trail is easily one of the most-used parks in Center City Philadelphia, with more than 19,000 users every week. This extension is only going to grow the trail’s popularity, connecting it with University City and beyond.
It has three main access points.
The first is the access point at Locust Street, the current southern end of the trail. The on-ground trail seamlessly connects to the over-the-water boardwalk portion of the trail at Locust and runs to the South Street Bridge. There are two access points on the South Street Bridge: a 460′ long ramp for bikes connects to the north side of the South Street Bridge, while a stairtower for pedestrians connects the boardwalk to the south side of the bridge.
It has four widened overlooks along the way.
The boardwalk promises four widened overlooks with benches ideal for fishing, taking in the waterfront views and general hanging out. (Image courtesy the Schuylkill River Development Corporation)
It has solar-powered overhead lights.
The trail is immensely popular for evening runs and rides, so Schuylkill Banks lined the entire path with solar-powered overhead lights. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
It now boasts an easy connection to University City via the South Street Bridge.
Now folks in University City can easily take advantage of one of Center City’s most popular parks. (Image courtesy of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation)
It has awesome views of the Center City Skyline.
The South Street Bridge already boasted one of the best vantage points of the Philadelphia Skyline. The new boardwalk connection now adds a whole new element.
Which means it’s also going to be an awesome spot for sunrise views.
Expect a bunch of people to take advantage of some great sunrise views.
The goal is to extend it even further south in the future.
Eventually, Schuylkill Banks wants to extend their portion of the Schuylkill River Trail even further south beyond the South Street Bridge. The next phase of the extension is currently in the design phase and would extend the boardwalk south from the South Street Bridge to Christian Street, with the goal of eventually having the trail connect all the way to the Grays Ferry Crescent. Yes, please.
Did we mention it’s over the water?!
Seriously. It’s awesome. Go check it out at your earliest convenience.