Philadelphia’s waterfronts are an attraction for both tourists and residents of the city alike. Here are five facts about the rivers’ and the green spaces that surround them.
1. On the portion of the Schuylkill River Trail (above) that runs between the Art Museum and Locust Street, there are about 1 million user trips per year.
2. The Schuylkill River Trail will one day reach all the way from Boathouse Row and the Art Museum down to Bartram’s Gardens. But, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation hopes to one day lengthen it all the way down to Fort Mifflin, near the airport.
3. The term Schuylkill River is technically redundant. “Schuykill” is Dutch meaning “hidden river.” So, the term “Schuylkill River” actually means Hidden River River.
4. Penn Treaty Park used to be home to a fishing dock. The dock was destroyed in 2005 when a runaway tugboat slammed into it and completely shattered the wooden structure.
5. There are 45 different species of fish in the Schuylkill River. This is in addition to crabs, turtles, snakes and even otters.
– Text and images by Jesse Bellosi and Nicole Soll