Monday, November 14, 2011

New Park and Trailhead Coming to Northeast Philly

Construction is about to begin on a tiny but important piece of the Delaware Riverfront Greenway in Northeast Philadelphia. The Delaware River City Corporation is creating a riverfront park on 4.5 acres of land immediately south of the Tacony Palmyra Bridge. Located in front of the Lardner’s Point Pump Station, the park will be known as Lardner's Point Park.

Lardner's Point Park will act as a gateway and trailhead for the Delaware Riverfront Greenway (an 11-mile section of the East Coast Greenway stretching from Allegheny Ave to Bucks County). The park will feature a river overlook and fishing pier, riparian edge restoration, new tidal wetlands, walking trails, a drinking fountain, and a restored riverbank forest area for picnicking and passive recreational activities. 

Construction is supposed to be completed in May 2012. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on November 21st at 9:00 AM.

A simple layout of Lardner's Point Park. The East Coast Greenway is represented by the solid black stripe across the park and the Tacony Palmyra Bridge footprint is represented by the faint parallel lines extending into the Delaware River.