Harrisburg − Sept. 30, 2016 − A new riverfront trail between Grays Ferry Avenue to the area just south of Passyunk Avenue will be funded through a $1.5 million grant from the state, according to state Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware).

“This is an exciting development for the region,” Williams said.  “Creating new recreational opportunities and access to the riverfront is a key aspect of improving the area’s quality-of-life while providing a vital connection between Southwest Philadelphia and Center City.”

The funding will help develop the Schuylkill River Trail Bartram’s Mile to Passyunk Point.  The new greenway includes 50 to 100 feet of riverfront on the west bank of the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia.

The grant was awarded to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation.  The grant was provided through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).  RACP grants can be used for acquisition and construction of economic development projects in a number of categories including cultural, civic, recreation and historical.

Williams said that he was grateful that Gov. Tom Wolf released the funding for this key project.

“The governor has recognized the value of investing in key projects that build communities,” Williams said.  “The new riverfront trail is a nice addition and will open new opportunities for Philadelphians to explore their entire city.”