• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

November 3-4: Bike and Walk Bartram's Mile

  • Bartram's Mile and related trail and green space improvements. | PennPraxis/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation


As I mentioned last week, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is working on plans for "Bartram's Mile," a new recreational trail segment along the western bank of the Schuylkill River connecting Bartram's Garden with Gray's Ferry Avenue and the 58th Street Greenway. And this weekend there are two neat opportunities to explore the route of the forthcoming trail alongside trail advocates and project partners (Parks and Rec, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, John Bartram Association, PennPraxis*).

If you are anything like me (read: plannerd), you'll leap at the chance to traverse two typically closed sites - the National Heat and Power site and Gypsum/Transmontaigne site - both owned by the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation on these tours.
Bike Tour
Saturday, November 3, 1:30-4pm Meet at Bartram’s Farm. [Added Bonus: It's the Community Farm and Food Resource Center Harvest Festival at Bartram's from 1-4pm.] 

The guided bicycle tour, organized with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, will explore the trail route (including a portion on foot), as well as future connections to the Gray's Ferry Crescent at the north and a portion of 58th Street Greenway to the south. (As an added bonus, this tour will be taking place at the same time as the Community Farm and Food Resource Center's Harvest Festival at Bartram's Garden (1-4pm). Be sure to check that out too.)
Walking Tour
Sunday, November 4, 2-4pm. Meet at Bartram’s Garden Trail Head.  This walking tour will explore the route of the trail, and will feature remarks from Mark Focht (Parks and Recreation), Maitreyi Roy (Bartram's Garden), and Jose Almiñana (Andropogon Associates)(rescheduled from 10/28)

Here is a closer look at the route of the future Bartram's Mile trail:

  • South of Bartram's Garden, the trail will link to the 58th Street Greenway. (click to enlarge) | PennPraxis/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation


  • Upriver from Bartram's Garden the trail will link up to the Gray's Ferry Avenue Bridge. (click to enlarge) | PennPraxis/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation


You can also offer input on the plans for Bartram's Mile at two events coming up next week:
  • Dinner Conversation: Monday, November 5, 6-8pm Bartram’s Garden (Dinner provided by Whispering Leaves)
  • Design Workshop: Saturday, November 10, 12-3pm Bartram’s Garden 
Please RSVP via email: praxis@design.upenn.edu or by calling 215-573-8720.

Or, if you can't make it out to one of these four events, you can add your thoughts via survey.

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*PlanPhilly is an independent news gathering entity affiliated with PennPraxis.


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