The RBA Group, a firm of architects, engineers and planners with offices in Philadelphia, New York and elsewhere, was hired to design a multi-purpose trail along the length of the Central Delaware Waterfront.
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Board voted Friday to pay up to $175,000 for the work.
The trail is a key component of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware, as it will link the public spaces that will be spread along the waterfront, about every half-mile. DRWC Director of Planning Sarah Thorp said RBA's work will provide more specific detail on trail materials and design than the plan does, so that their will be consistency among parts of the trail completed at different times. Philadelphia firm Brown & Keener is now a division of RBA.
Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.
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