Riverfront North Partnership has announced a round of public meetings this month to present updates to their master plan based on community meetings held last summer. Meetings are scheduled for the following times and locations: Tacony Library (6742 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136) on Monday, April 29th, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 pm; and Richmond Library (2987 Almond Street, Philadelphia, PA 19137) on Wednesday, May 1st 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
The original North Delaware Riverfront Greenway Master Plan was developed 13 years ago and was the facilitating document for the creation of the Delaware River City Corporation, which has rebranded to the Riverfront North Partnership. Now that a majority the trail between Allegheny Avenue and the Bucks County line is constructed or due to be completed by the mid-2020s, Riverfront North is updating area residents and greenway users on how they will steer the focus of the organization for the next 10-20 years.
“Riverfront North has done a fantastic job of facilitating the design and construction of the trail along the North Delaware over the past decade,” said Executive Director Stephanie Phillips. “We know that residents and visitors of Northeast Philadelphia want to see more connections and activities along the riverfront, and this master plan process will help us to hear those opinions and use them to guide our future development.”
Included in the updated master plan will be a look at how the organization will work to connect Northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods more directly with the riverfront along designated “Connector Streets”. This will include efforts to soften the physical and psychological barriers that are Interstate 95 and neighboring industrial properties by introducing improvements to the street right-of-way to make them more inviting to walk, run, or bike to the riverfront. “We have a unique section of riverfront here in the northeast, and we want to be able to showcase the diversity of the people, neighborhoods, history, and land uses along the greenway” said Phillips. Other future efforts will include expansion of open space and trail amenities along the river, increased programming and stewardship opportunities, and the establishment of both land- and water-based natural habitats.
The two public meetings will be an open-house format, with poster boards and large maps explaining upcoming and existing projects, programing and plans to community members. There will be physical and virtual maps for participants to immerse themselves in the geography of Riverfront North. Participants will be updated about immediate projects as well as other amenities they may see along the riverfront in the next 10-20 years. Assisting Riverfront North for this master plan update is a consultant team led by Philadelphia planning and design firm NV5.
Updated information regarding this project can be found at riverfrontnorth.org/masterplan as it is released.