The Delaware River City Corporation hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking in East Torresdale on Tuesday for a new, 1.8-mile section of the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway Trail. The section is called Baxter Trail. It’s is an important off-road pedestrian and bicycle link between Pennypack Park, Pleasant Hill Park, and other areas, such as along the Delaware River, that have not been accessible. Mayor Micheal Nutter attended the ceremony and spoke about the benefits of the growing Philadelphia trail network, called the Circuit:
“When it is complete, and it will happen, 750 miles of the circuit will give the Philadelphia region a trail network unlike any other in the United States of America, connecting urban, suburban, and rural communities in the fifth-largest metropolitan region in the United States.”
Currently 300 miles of the Circuit are complete, 50 are under construction (including the Baxter Trail), and 450 are in planning stages.
The Baxter Trail will be a key link in the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway which will link all of Philadelphia’s riverfront neighborhoods. There are currently several sections of trail constructed as pilot projects including the Port Richmond Trail, the Penn Street Trail, and the Washington Avenue Green. The Baxter Trail section will allow Philadelphians to bike and walk to the Philadelphia Fish Hatcheries at Pleasant Hill Park, a great spot for children to learn how to fish, and the Pleasant Hill Park boat launch.