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Penn Street portion of the Central Delaware Trail gets OK from PCPC

    • RBA rendering, birdseye view of Penn Street Trail
      RBA rendering, birdseye view of Penn Street Trail

The Penn Street portion of the Central Delaware Trail got a nod from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission Tuesday, which gave its approval to the overall concept of the trail and a streets bill that creates a separate bike path and rain gardens.

The Penn Street section of the multipurpose trail is to connect a Spring Garden Street trail to the Central Delaware via Penn Street. The trail will then run through the SugarHouse parking lot and connect with the portion of riverside trail SugarHouse has already built. The casino is paying for the parking lot portion as well.

This will be the first portion of trail built to new Delaware River Waterfront Corporation design standards for the entire trail. The PCPC liked almost everything, but asked that the area surrounding street trees be fitted with grates instead of cobblestones. The trail will narrow at tree locations, and the grates will provide additional walking surface, commissioners said.


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Kellie Patrick Gates, Waterfront, casinos, planning reporter

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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