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Public to Weigh in on Ivy Ridge Trail

Schuylkill Project hosts forum Nov. 19 for input on project.

Continuing to fill in the gaps and renovate along the river path, the Schuylkill Project hosts a workshop Monday on another Manayunk leg.

Consultants and Schuylkill River trail organizers invite the public to the Manayunk Brewery Monday for the first of three discussions on the Ivy Ridge Trail.

According to organizers, this is the area of conversation:

"The proposed trail will begin at the end of the Manayunk Bridge at Dupont and High streets and follow the unused Ivy Ridge rail right of way on bridges across Leverington Avenue and the Fountain Street steps to the Ivy Ridge regional rail station."

Over the past few years, action on the trail network along the Manayunk Canal and Schuylkill River has kicked into high gear. Work on both the Manayunk Canal Towpath and Nixon Street bike path extension in Shawmont is nearly finished. The path from Shawmont to Montgomery County should be underway soon.

Additionally, discussions have begun on the Wissahickon Gap, connecting Kelly Drive to Ridge Avenue and Main Street.

This work would add on to the Cynwyd Heritage Trail connection, if and when the path over the iconic Manayunk train bridge comes to fruition. Both Philadelphia, Montgomery County and Lower Merion Township officials have already pledged money on the latter project. 

Organizers will make a presentation at 7 p.m. on the Ivy Ridge Trail, but the majority of the meeting will revolve around public input as to what the trail should look like.

"The planning process for this trail is just beginning, so it is critical for residents to participate, ensuring the trail planning and design process takes their opinions into account," the event announcement said.

Maps and aerial views of the area will be available for attendees to review.  

Ines Stelzer November 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM
If the plans have anything to do with the person who approved the ugly stucco & aluminum siding homes popping up like weeds all over Manayunk, I'd seriously think twice about the plans. The person who signed off on these horrible cinder block boxes should never, ever have a say on building anything, ever...ever
Sam Fran Scavuzzo (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Hi, Ines. I think I can confidently say the Schuylkill River folks aren't involved in the private developments. This will just be about the river trail.

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