Next week, outdoor enthusiasts will find the Schuylkill River trail is longer than usual.
The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, three years in the making, will officially open on Oct. 2.
The $17 million project, which was funded primarily by a federal grant, will extend the trail from Locust Street to South Street. The boardwalk is2,000 feet long and 15 feet wide.
Existing rail road tracks prevented the original trail from extending past Locust Street, so engineers designed the boardwalk to jut out into the river to connect with South Street.
And there are more plans to go extend even further south, said Danielle Gray, spokeswoman for the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC).
"We have the South Street to Christian Street segment which we hope to have under construction next year, opening ideally next fall," Gray said."There's also the Bartrum's Mile segment, which is on either side, north and south, of Bartrum's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia, and the Schuylkill River Park's connector bridge, which would connect Gray's Ferry crescent with that planned Bartrum's Mile trail segment."
Some of the funding has been secured for the future projects, but there is still a gap, she said. All projects expected to be completed in the next two years, Gray added.
The full plan is for more than 700 miles of paved paths along the river, according to the SRDC.
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