Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Media Roundup for Recent Additions to The Circuit Trail System

One important piece of The Circuit opened to the public in the past few days, and another had its official groundbreaking. We were there for both.

On Saturday, the Connector Bridge crossing the tracks at Schuylkill River Park officially opened. On time and under budget, we've previously written extensively about the project.
From left: Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler, First Deputy Commissioner of Parks & Facilities Mark Focht, BCGP board member Russell Meddin, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, George Fleagle from the Federal Highway Administration, Derek Freres of Friends of Schuylkill River Park, and Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis
The bridge opening gathered extensive press attention as well, from The Inquirer, the Daily PennsylvanianFlying Kite, and PlanPhilly.

On Monday, a new trail on our other river broke ground in Port Richmond. The aptly-named Port Richmond Trail will help connect people to the Delaware River and add more mileage onto the 250+ miles of bike/ped trail in The Circuit. U.S. Rep Allyson Schwartz, who helped secure the federal TIGER grant funding the project, attended the ceremony.

U.S. Rep Allyson Schwartz addressed media and a gathered crowd at the press conference before the groundbreaking ceremony.
Media coverage for the groundbreaking included CBS 3-KYW, WHYY Newsworks, PlanPhilly, and the Abington Patch. The trail is expected to be completed by September 2013.