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    • Bartram's Mile -- Streets Department facility on Botanic Avenue
      Bartram's Mile -- Streets Department facility on Botanic Avenue
    • Bartram's Mile -- the riverfront on the
      Bartram's Mile -- the riverfront on the "Bartram's South" site
    • Bartram's Mile -- Bartram's Garden farm and orchard
      Bartram's Mile -- Bartram's Garden farm and orchard
    • Bartram's Mile -- Bartram's Garden boat dock
      Bartram's Mile -- Bartram's Garden boat dock
    • Bartram's Mile -- Bartram's Garden historic house
      Bartram's Mile -- Bartram's Garden historic house
    • Bartram's Mile -- 58th Street Greenway along Lindbergh Boulevard
      Bartram's Mile -- 58th Street Greenway along Lindbergh Boulevard
    • Bartram's Mile -- Bartram's Garden meadow
      Bartram's Mile -- Bartram's Garden meadow
    • Bartram's Mile -- looking southeast on 56th Street
      Bartram's Mile -- looking southeast on 56th Street
    • Bartram's Mile -- CSX freight rail next to Bartram's Garden
      Bartram's Mile -- CSX freight rail next to Bartram's Garden
    • Bartram's Mile -- the former National Heat and Power site
      Bartram's Mile -- the former National Heat and Power site
    • Bartram's Mile -- Streets Department facility on Botanic Avenue
      Bartram's Mile -- Streets Department facility on Botanic Avenue
    • Grays Ferry Crescent park and trail
      Grays Ferry Crescent park and trail
    • Bartram's Mile Design Workshop
      Bartram's Mile Design Workshop
    • Mike DiBerardinis at Bartram's Mile Dinner Conversation
      Mike DiBerardinis at Bartram's Mile Dinner Conversation
    • Bartram's Mile Dinner Conversation
      Bartram's Mile Dinner Conversation
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Project Overview

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, working with its primary partners the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) and the John Bartram Association (JBA), is leading a process to reimagine what it is calling “Bartram’s Mile,” which is one mile of currently vacant river frontage along the western banks of the Tidal Schuylkill between Grays Ferry Avenue and 58th Street.  The Green2015 plan released by PPR in December 2010 highlights Bartram’s Mile as a major opportunity to convert publicly owned vacant land to public green space before 2015. This new open space has the potential to provide riverfront access and recreation opportunities to an underserved neighborhood as well as help restore an important watershed.

To achieve this objective, PennPraxis conducted a rigorous community engagement and public planning process in Fall 2012. Here is some of what we heard from our 450 initial participants:
  • I like the Schuylkill River and Bartram’s Garden, but they feel closed off and removed.
  • Increase opportunities for fishing along the river.
  • Create large open spaces for gatherings of family and friends.
  • Give my children better places to play along the river.
  • Essential: lighting, bathrooms, security, water fountains, equal accessibility.
  • Locate fun activities and events: concerts, boat rentals, concessions…hey, maybe an arcade?
  • Create relaxing space to connect with nature.
By the end, this process will:
  • Engage users from the immediate neighborhoods, as well as stakeholders from across the city and region;
  • Propose new programmatic opportunities to connect people to the outdoors and the Schuylkill River;
  • Partner with the John Bartram Association to celebrate and enhance the history and horticulture of Bartram’s Garden;
  • Partner with the Schuylkill River Development Corporation to provide unique opportunities to extend the Schuylkill Banks, which currently terminates at the Grays Ferry Crescent located on the eastern terminus of the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge.

This is a portion of the Schuylkill River that has been cut off from public access for decades, so this represents a very exciting opportunity to not only strengthen and link to existing initiatives such as Bartram's Garden, the Schuylkill River Trail, and the 58th Street Greenway, but also add two new parks that can be community assets for years to come.

Phase I: Public Meeting Recap

EVENT #1: BIKE TOUR!

  • Saturday, November 3
  • Organized with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Check out PlanPhilly's Christine Fisher's report on the tour!
  • View Christine's Flickr set of photos taken during the bike tour!
  • View the Bicycle Coalition's Flickr set of photos taken during the bike tour!

EVENT #2: WALKING TOUR!

  • Sunday, November 4
  • Featuring: Mark Focht (Parks and Recreation), Maitreyi Roy (Bartram's Garden), Jose Almiñana (Andropogon Associates)
  • Check out Eyes on the Street's Ashley Hahn's extensive report and photo slideshows from the walking tour!
  • View Ashley's Flickr set of photos taken during the walking tour!

EVENT #3: DINNER CONVERSATION!

  • Monday, November 5
  • Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation given during this meeting.
  • Click here to view the transcript of ideas submitted by dinner attendees.

EVENT #4: DESIGN WORKSHOP!

  • Saturday, November 10
  • Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation given during this meeting.
  • Click here to view the transcript of ideas and design concepts proposed during the workshop.
  • Click to view sketches drawn by citizen groups during the Design Workshop for the northern sectionBartram's Garden section, and southern section (#1 and #2) of Bartram's Mile.

Phase I: Conceptual Design Results

The purpose of Phase I was to begin very preliminary design work and get a sense of citizen ideas and priorities for the site.  Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is currently seeking funding for further design development.  In the meantime, we are pleased to share with you the early conceptual design ideas that were drafted as part of the Fall 2012 process.  Please note that these renderings represent early-phase ideas and that most recommendations will require follow-up research, analysis, and input.  To submit comments on these ideas, you can contact us directly or participate in our next phase of civic engagement, tentatively scheduled for Summer 2013.

  • Complete Phase I Public Feedback (PDF)
  • Phase I Trail Concept Map (JPEG)
  • Trail Sections -- northern portion (PDF)
  • Trail Sections -- central portion (PDF)
  • Trail Sections -- southern portion (PDF)
  • View -- Botanic Avenue Site (PDF)
  • View -- 56th Street Terminus (PDF)

Phase II: Public Meeting Recap
After a robust outreach process in Fall 2012, the Bartram's Mile team sought direct feedback on the design concepts drafted in the first half of 2013, with a focus on outreach to near neighbors to build interest and potential stewardship for the green space once it opens.  This involved organizing “Civic Feedback Sessions," smaller focus groups, and soliciting input from various Southwest Philadelphia community organizations Info for the two sessions were:

Click here to view the presentation given by PennPraxis and Andropogon Associates during these public meetings.

Click here to view the full transcripts with a distillation cover page of the public feedback we received in July 2013.

 

Phase II: Project Phasing

It is important to note that the development of Bartram's Mile will be a phased process.  Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is raising funds for an immediate first phase that can be created by the end of 2015.  Given the somewhat challenging nature of the site, not all design recommendations will be implemented in this first phase.  PPR, SRDC and JBA will continue to work toward bringing the full concept to life after the first phase opens.

Click here to see what the design team believes is currently feasible for the Phase I of Bartram's Mile.


Project Press


For any questions on the Bartram's Mile project, please contact us here: or 215-746-3849.


 
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BartramsMile_CE02_PPT_v01_compressed_andro.pdf 18.26 MB
BartramsMile_DinnerConversation_Recap.pdf 135.52 KB
BartramsMile_DesignWorkshop_Recap.pdf 136.4 KB
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DesignWorkshop_BartramSouthSketch_compressed.jpg 1.94 MB

 

Location

5100 Botanic Avenue
Philadelphia

  • Bartram's Mile Phase II Public Feedback
  • Bartram's Mile Phase II Public Feedback -- cover page is distillation of outreach across Southwest Philadelphia, along with transcripts of public meetings and focus groups organized by the project team.  Total public input for full project was over 800 citizens.

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  • Bartram's Mile Phase I Trail Concept
  • Bartram's Mile Phase I Trail Concept.  Credit: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Andropogon Associates, PennPraxis.

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  • Bartram's Mile Phase I Sections: South
  • Bartram's Mile Phase I Sections: South.  Credit: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Andropogon Associates, and PennPraxis.

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  • Bartram's Mile Phase I View: 56th Street
  • Bartram's Mile Phase I View: 56th Street.  Credit: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Andropogon Associates, and PennPraxis.

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