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Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Riverfront path providing easy access to the Schuylkill Banks

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

The brand new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is awesome. Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Description

Overview

The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a breathtaking, 2,000-foot-long pathway that extends the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust to South Street. The scenic path allows pedestrians, runners and bicyclists to literally walk over river to some of the best skyline views around.

The pathway connects to the South Street Bridge via a 460-foot-long ramp that provides pedestrian, bicycle and ADA-compliant access to the Schuylkill River Trail.

The over-the-water path is 15-feet wide and includes four scenic overlooks for those who want to relax and take in spectacular waterfront views of the Philadelphia Skyline.

The Schuylkill River Trail is easily one of the most-used parks in Center City Philadelphia with more than 19,000 users every week. The trail is already popular with runners, walkers and bikers, and the boardwalk is going to be another excellent addition to the park’s repertoire, connecting the trail to University City and beyond.

Location

The boardwalk extends the existing Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. The extension had to happen via an over-the-water boardwalk because there was not sufficient space for the trail to continue over land along this portion of the trail on account of active railroad tracks.

Access Points

There are three access points to the boardwalk. The first is the access point at Locust Street, the current southern end of the trail. The on-land trail will seamlessly connect to the over-the-water boardwalk here and run 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.

Length and Width

The 2,000-foot-long boardwalk is 15 feet wide and about 50 feet out from shore at its furthest point beyond the tree canopy.

Overlooks And Solar-Powered Lights

The boardwalk also features four widened overlooks with benches ideal for fishing, taking in the waterfront views and general hanging out. The trail is immensely popular for evening runs and rides, so Schuylkill Banks lined the entire path with solar-powered overhead lights.

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