Friday, March 15, 2013

New Renderings Released of Bartram's Mile Trail In Southwest Philadelphia

Note: a version of this post first appeared on Crossing Paths, the official blog of The Circuit trail system.
PennPraxis has released conceptual renderings of one of Philadelphia's most eagerly-awaited sections of the Schuylkill River Trail and East Coast Greenway. These two sections of trail, known as Bartram's Mile North and Bartram's Mile South, extend the already-built section within Bartram's Garden. The new trails will connect Bartram's Gardens to the Gray's Ferry Crescent and give Southwest Philadelphia much better access to its riverfront.
Bartram's Mile North, South, and the already-built section of trail in Bartram's Gardens
These renderings are preliminary and based upon a first round of design and public input. So the ultimate designs could change dramatically from what is depicted here. Further detailed work was briefly held up by the William Penn Foundation's temporary suspension of grants to the City of Philadelphia, but PennPraxis now expects to begin the next stage of design in May.

See below for some of the images released this week. You can learn more about the project at PlanPhilly's page devoted to the work.