Thursday, June 06, 2013

58th Street Greenway Ribbon Cutting and Neighborhood Celebration Happening This Saturday

Even casual readers might notice that we talk a lot here about The Circuit. The Circuit is the name given to 750 miles of existing, under construction, and planned trails in our region. The Schuylkill River Trail is part of The Circuit. So is the Cobbs Creek Trail in West Philly. We are hard at work getting new pieces funded and built. (If you want to get involved, learn how here.)

Now we're excited to report that an important new section of The Circuit is coming online this Saturday: the 58th Street Greenway.
The Greenway is the orange line on this map

The 58th Street Greenway connects Cobbs Creek Trail to Bartram's Gardens, running along 58th and 59th Street in Southwest Philly. It will feature a new shared-use path, new streetscaping and sidewalks, and green sharrows and striping to clearly mark the on-street connections.

Why is this important? Besides it being a great new biking and walking amenity for the neighborhood, it provides a safe, green corridor of access for West and Southwest Philly to get to Cobbs Creek Park and Bartram's Garden. Access to green space is important for any neighborhood.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is throwing a community celebration for the official opening of this great new neighborhood amenity this Saturday. There will be cake (real cake, not that cake), face painting, raffle prizes, music, and bike rides to explore the new path. Unless the weather is really atrocious (check our Twitter account for updates on that). Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Utilities and Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor of Environmental and Community Resources, are confirmed. The mayor has been invited.

Saturday, June 8th
Myers Rec Center (58th & Kingsessing Ave, Philly)
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 pm

See below for the event flyer for the celebration.