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Poquessing Creek Trail to Open December 10

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation cordially invites you to the Poquessing Creek Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 1:00 PM. The ribbon cutting is taking place on the trail, which begins at Junod Playground (12770 Dunks Ferry Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154). Please see the map below for directions to the ribbon cutting site. Please park in the parking lot off Mechanicsville Road, shown on the map. FYI—the estimated amount of time from Center City Philadelphia to this site is 30 minutes during non-peak traffic times.

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New Trails Coming To Northeast Philadelphia

Work crews are in the final stages of renovating Benjamin Rush State Park - a tract of land in Northeast Philadelphia bordering Bensalem Township east of Roosevelt Boulevard. Philadelphia's only state park has been previously known for its community gardens and model airplane airfield.

The newly renovated park will provide 3 miles of internal looped trails. Meanwhile just to the east Philadelphia Parks and Rec has put the construction of Phase 1 of the Poquessing Creek Trail out to bid. Using the abandoned right of way of Mechanicsville Rd the trail will connect Junod Playground on Dunks Ferry Rd with Burling Rd. It s not totally clear whether Burling Rd will be improved to make a direct connection to the trails in the State Park but the plan is to link the Poquessing Trail with the Benjamin Rush trails.

Another interesting feature is the abandoned bridge over Roosevelt Blvd for Byberry Hospital. PennDOT planned to remove the overpass but apparently the expense of tearing a down a bridge at a time when the Department cannot afford to maintain active bridges probably means that it isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Plans are to build the Poquessing Creek Trail westward and to do so will mean that it will have to cross the 12 lane highway. Therefore keeping this bridge in place and maintained makes a lot of sense.

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DCNR Announces Grants for Circuit Trails

On November 20, 2012, Governor Corbett announced the DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants for 2012, which make an investment of $26.5 million in 198 projects to revitalize communities, create new recreational opportunities, and conserve  natural resources throughout Pennsylvania.   
The DCNR grant program combines several funding sources into one. Funding comes from:
  • Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93)
  • Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF)
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – federal monies
  • Pennsylvania Recreational Trails (PRT) – federal monies
  • Snowmobile/ATV Fund

The following trail segments in the Circuit received grants: