Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Explore Bartram's Mile - Newest Piece of the SRT Puzzle Emerges

This post was originally made on  Connect the Circuit blog, Crossing Paths.  You can subscribe to the Crossing Paths blog for all trail related information. 

If you think of the Schuylkill River Trail as a puzzle with missing pieces, the newest one to emerge in the pipeline of planning, design and construction is Bartram's Mile.
An early goal of closing the gaps of the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia was to create a bikeable route to Bartram's Garden, one of the City's hidden jewels.  Tucked into Southwest Philadelphia along the Schuylkill River, Bartram's Garden  is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with the City of Philadelphia.
Bartram’s Garden is best known as the home, farm, and garden of John Bartram (1699-1777), a Quaker farmer who became America’s first naturalist botanist and plant explorer.  
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Bartram's Garden and Schuylkill River Development Corporation are working to transform a mile of underutilized river frontage into two trail segments that will connect Bartram's Garden to the Gray's Ferry Bridge to the north and 58th Street to the south
The public is invited to attend any one of four upcoming events to visit the area and give ideas on developing these trail segments.  All events are on the Connect the Circuit Events Calendar
Walking Tour - Sunday, October 28, 2-4pm (meet at Bartram's Garden Trail Head)
Bike Tour - November 3, 1:30-4pm (meet at Bartram's Farm for its Fall Harvest Day - Bicycle Coalition staff will help lead the ride)
Dinner Conversation - November 5, 6-8pm (Bartram's Garden)
Design Workshop - November 10, 12-3pm (Bartram's Garden)
RSVP: praxis@design.upenn.edu or 215-573-8720  or provide input online www.planphilly.com/bartramsmile