Grid Philly | Staff Writer
Delaware River City Corporation, the organization tasked with implementing the 11 miles of trails that will connect Port Richmond and Torresdale via the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway, will now be known as the Riverfront North Partnership, with the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway renamed as Riverfront North.
The change comes as longtime executive director Tom Branigan announces his retirement; he was the first executive director of the Riverfront North Partnership in 2011. In the time since Branigan began as executive director, Riverfront North has significantly furthered its goal of “transforming once neglected post-industrial landscapes into usable community space,” coming to encompass not only a network of trails but also facilities for aquatics, sports, historical attractions, lookout points, museums and plenty of opportunities to explore nature. A detailed, interactive map that pinpoints these areas is available through Riverfront North Partnership’s newly relaunched website.
Renaming the organization and site also symbolizes the progress that the Partnership has made since beginning. When Branigan joined the organization, his barebones staff consisted of just himself and one part-time employee. Riverfront North Partnership is now a bigger organization and having completed much of the work they initially set out to do, their focus has now shifted toward programming events and maintaining the Riverfront North property.
A list of community-based events and activities along Riverfront North is available here.