On June 21, 2012, the John Bartram’s Gardens Association and the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation celebrated the official opening of Schuylkill River Trail at Bartram’s Garden.  This 0.9 mile section of trail, which passes through a historic space, is an important part of a regional network of trails in the Philadelphia area as well as part of the East Coast Greenway which will ultimately stretch from Maine to Florida.

Founded in 1728, and located in southwest Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is America’s oldest botanical garden. Bicyclists and pedestrians using the trail will enjoy the scenic beauty of the garden along with picturesque views of the Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia skyline.

The Schuylkill River Trail at Bartram’s Garden is sustainable, too – it is the first trail in the Philadelphia region to be constructed with pervious pavement!

JMT served as the lead engineer for the project beginning with schematic design and continuing through final design and final bid documents. The project, which meanders through the meadows at Bartram’s Garden, also includes a reconfigured parking area, associated stormwater management facilities and various trail amenities.

The project was partially funded with a federal Tiger Grant and was completed in cooperation with the City of Philadelphia, PennDOT and Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

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