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Join the Two Rivers Wild Ride!

On Saturday, November 7, join the LandHealth Institute and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, for the Two Rivers Wild Ride urban bike tour.  This city-wide tour will examine the ecology of the grittiest parts of the city while experiencing first-hand the state of bicycle connectivity in Southwest Philadelphia. 

The tour will begin at the South Street Bridge, continue south to the Grey's Ferry Crescent trail, then cross over the Schuylkill River to southwest Philadelphia where a long stretch of trail is proposed to connect Bartram's Garden to Ft. Mifflin. The group will then continue back over the Platt Bridge, through FDR park, and north on Columbus Blvd. to contrast the waterfront of the central Delaware. To conclude, the tour will finish at Washington Avenue Green, approximately two miles east of the starting point. 
This unique, urban tour through Philadelphia is for confident riders ages 16+ and we encourage you to register in advance. The tour is about 16 miles and refreshments will be served along the way. Come out join us! You can register here

INVISIBLE RIVER 2015 Is Almost Here!

The community arts festival takes place in, on and above Philadelphia's Schuylkill River in East Fairmount Park Saturday, August 29, combining dance, art, boating, and love of the environment.

The event begins at 2:00 p.m. at Mander Recreation Center with a drum line processional that will lead the audience from the gateway of Fairmount Park to the Schuylkill River. The audience is then greeted with a panorama of different experiences: public boat rentals and paddling lessons in canoes, kayaks, and row boats; interactive art installations about the future of the park and the river; yoga, circus, fishing and storm water management demonstrations and classes; and four local food vendors and a beer garden from Sly Fox Brewing Company.

The finale performance at 5:30 p.m. is a multigenerational ensemble of 22 dancers using stand up paddleboards and the center of the river, while two aerialists descend from above the Strawberry Mansion Bridge for the perfect grand finale. After the performance, festivities continue until 8:00 p.m.

Guests can enjoy for free from the shore but tickets are available to be a part of the Invisible River experience on the river. Book a boating ticket in advance to watch the performances seated in a kayak, canoe, stand up paddle board or a row boat.

Also, if you can, be sure to ride your bike #onthecircuit to the performance. Hope to see you there!

Invisible River 2015

When: Saturday, August 29, 2:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: East Fairmount Park and Strawberry Mansion Bridge; Main festival site, 2200 Kelly Drive

Cost: From the shore, free; From a boat, $25 and up

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All Aboard the Patriot on the Schuylkill River

The Schuylkill Banks is buzzing with activity, both on-land and on the water. The Schuylkill River Trail is the perfect spot for running, walking, cycling, yoga, picnics, etc., and the Schuylkill River is great for kayaking and boat cruises! The Schuylkill River Park Alliance recently announced a 20% discount for all Schuylkill River tours offered by Philadelphia Harbor Lines. Each cruise features a unique experience and a great opportunity to learn about and enjoy the history and significance of the Schuylkill River!

Grab family and friends and board the Patriot – a new 1920's style 35 passenger commuter boat – this summer.  

  • Secrets of the Schuylkill: a 1 hour fun and fact filled tour highlighting the past, present and future of the Schuylkill
  • Boat to Bartram's Garden: a 3 hour cruise with a two hour tour of Bartram's Garden
  • Walnut to Walnut: a 1 hour 45 minute cruise from Walnut Street on the Schuylkill to Penn's Landing on the Delaware
  • Different Night - Different Lights:  This one-hour cruise highlights Philadelphia's skyline at night, with its varying and delightful hues
  • Hidden River Cruise:  a 1 hour fun and fact filled tour highlighting the past, present and future of the Schuylkill

To order your discounted order tickets, use our promo code SRPA15 and click here.

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area Announces New Executive Director

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area Board of Directors recently announced Silas A. Chamberlin of Allentown, Pa., as the new executive director to lead the National and State Heritage Area. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area celebrates the Shuylkill River watershed as one of America's most significant cultural, historical and industrial regions.  Silas previously served as regional director for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR). Prior to that, he served as senior director for the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor.

While Chamberlin’s projected start date is May 4, current  executive director since 2003, Kurt D. Zwikl won’t retire until June 30, allowing for a two-month transition period.

Chamberlin was selected as executive director through an extensive search that began last fall and was conducted by a search committee of the board, in conjunction with executive search firm Leadership Recruiters.  He has published numerous articles on the subject of trails and currently has a book manuscript entitled On the Trail: A History of American Hiking, under review for publication. He also has served on Pennsylvania's Statewide Trails Advisory Committee and as an advisor to numerous regional trail organizations.

We are pleased to have Silas Chamberlin formally back with the Circuit Coalition!

Vote for the Schuylkill River as River of the Year!

The Schuylkill River is a finalist for River of the Year!  Please vote in this online contest sponsored by PA's Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources and Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers.  Every vote counts!