Pave the way for the Greenway

For one day, Spring Garden Street between 9th and 10th streets will be transformed into a vibrant commercial corridor. | Rendering courtesy Star Group

For just one day, a pop-up greenway will emerge on Spring Garden Street between 9th and 10th street. The block party will transform the parking lane on Spring Garden Street, creating a greenway, pedestrian amenities, and street furniture to give people a sneak peek to the proposed Spring Garden Street Greenway.

The anticipated 2.2-mile urban trail connection will stretch from the Schuylkill and Delaware River in hopes to develop a safer and quieter commuter for locals on Spring Garden Street. During the pop-event, people will have the opportunity to experience and learn about the project as well as enjoy the various activities.

Festival events will take place on Percy Street where bicyclists can park their bikes at the valet, watch the bike parades, and attend repair educational workshops taught by Firth & Wilson bike shop. At the same time, attendees can peruse the interactive art installations, refresh themselves at pop-up beer garden, and listen to local bands and DJ’s. Food trucks including Gigi’s and Big R, Luscious Bakery, Jerry’s Kitchen, and The Whirly Pig will be providing delicious eats all day.

Once the Greenway is completed, it will feature a median greenway, linear park and bikeway trail separate from traffic with a storm water infrastructure incorporated to manage runoff more sustainably. It will also be pedestrian-friendly, offering recreational and commuting space for walkers and joggers. According to the Spring Garden Street Garden Greenway Final Report the earliest construction date is expected to begin in 2017.