Opening on October 2nd, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot long concrete structure running parallel to the Eastern Shore of the river from Locust St. to the new stair tower on the southern side of the South Street Bridge. This project provides an important link to the Schuylkill River Trail and Center City from University City and West Philadelphia.

Runners, cyclists and others who frequent the Schuylkill River trail will now be able to extend their route with this newest addition.

“The boardwalk section of the trail will provide an important transportation link for cyclists and pedestrians between and among Center City, South Philadelphia and West Philadelphia,” Click To TweetMayor Michael Nutter said during the boardwalk’s groundbreaking ceremony. “The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk project, now that it is complete, will go from a street departments construction project to become officially a part of the Fairmount Park system under the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department.”

The ramp and boardwalk are designed to accommodate emergency and maintenance vehicles, according to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC). The boardwalk’s 15 foot wide pathway is supplemented by four widened overlooks that allow people to rest and enjoy the views along the boardwalk without blocking the trail.

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