PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A grant has been obtained to help complete a portion of the Schuylkill River Trail that’s seen as one of the hardest areas to tackle due to the terrain and industrial activity.
State Rep. Jordan Harris announced the nearly $1.5 million state grant, which will be used to connect Grays Ferry to Center City.
“And really provide pedestrians who want to walk and cyclists who want to ride a great green space and outdoor activity right here in the heart of Philadelphia,” Harris said.
In addition to the basic benefit of the outdoor activities, the trail will also provide more opportunities for people to find jobs or support small businesses they may not have had direct access to in the past. Rep. Harris says beyond that, it also provides the social benefit of connecting people from different Philly neighborhoods.
“As you know, Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, and a lot of times those neighborhoods are segregated and in their own separate silos,” he said. “This trail provides an opportunity for neighborhoods to really get to know each other and travel between one another.”
Harris expects work on the new section of the trail to begin in the near future.