Philadelphia, December 10, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter; Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources; and John Grady, President, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation dedicated The Poquessing Creek Trail in Northeast Philadelphia. The trail project is a high priority in the GreenWorks Philadelphia andGreen2015 plans because “improving public access to this watershed park can increase visibility, make the park more inviting, and filter storm water before it reaches the creek.” This latest addition to Philadelphia’s trail network was funded by a grant from PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the City of Philadelphia. The newly constructed trail cost $1,000,000 to build.
“Since the beginning of my Administration, we have been working to increase and connect hundreds of miles of trails in the City park system,” said Mayor Nutter. “I am proud to open this trail because it will provide Parkwood residents with recreational amenities and easier access to transportation and green space.”
The Poquessing Creek Trail is a 1.5 mile paved, multi-use trail connecting Junod Playground and the Parkwood neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia to the 32-acre, naturally wooded confines of Poquessing Creek Park, a watershed park in Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s system and the 500+ acre Benjamin Rush State Park, the only state park in Philadelphia.
The trail also utilizes two easements with Origlio Beverage and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.
“Our department’s mission is to provide high quality, accessible recreational facilities and beautiful landscapes and parks for our residents. Poquessing Creek Trail allows residents in Northeast Philadelphia to now be connected from Junod playground to Poquessing Creek Park and Benjamin State Rush Park,” said Deputy Mayor Diberardinis.