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.
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.
EVENT #1: BIKE TOUR!
EVENT #2: WALKING TOUR!
EVENT #3: DINNER CONVERSATION!
EVENT #4: DESIGN WORKSHOP!
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.
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.