Last week Schuylkill Banks flipped the switch and turned on the newly revamped enhancement lighting on four Schuylkill River Bridges. With the bridge lighting, the Schuylkill River Boardwalk construction, continued success of the one-year-old pedestrian bridge over the CSX tracks and plans to extend the Schuylkill River Trail further south, we thought Eyes on the Street readers might like to know about a way they can contribute to the momentum along the Schuylkill.
In response to several inquiries about bench sponsorship, Schuylkill Banks has launched a new adopt-a-bench program. Through the program, supporters can have a plaque installed on the back of an existing bench along the Schuylkill Banks Trail. Plaques can honor someone special, commemorate an occasion or establish a memorial.
For $2,000, sponsors receive one engraved steel plaque, guaranteed for six years. Each sponsor is allowed to select any bench he or she wants, as long as it is available and suitable. Plaques support up to five lines of text or roughly 20 words. Sponsors also receive a certificate authenticating the bench sponsorship and four complimentary tickets to Secrets of the Schuylkill riverboat tour.
The funds raised through the adopt a bench program will go toward ongoing maintenance and programming along the greenway.
More information can be found online or by contacting Lucy McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.222.6030 x100.
Christine covers transportation and writes about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments send her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covers community news for Eyes on the Street, where her coverage ranges from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. During the internship her reporting on the Housing Authority’s surplus property auctions earned an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.