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How would you like to walk or bicycle the length of Tookany Creek from High School Road to Cheltenham Avenue?
 
Posted on Friday February 14, 2020
 
The Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council need your input for the study to determine the feasibility of constructing a new trail in some places and upgrading the existing trail in other locations.
 

How Would You Like to Walk or Bicycle the Length of Tookany Creek from High School Road to Cheltenham Avenue?
Looking for Resident Input on the Circuit Trail

Under the sponsorship of the Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, a study is now under way to determine the feasibility of constructing a new trail in some places and upgrading the existing trail in other locations. The Trail, which will form an important part of “The Circuit,” the 800-mile long network of trail being developed in Philadelphia and vicinity, will be studied to meet Circuit standards for a multi-use pedestrian and bicycle trail. The Trail will also be examined for compliance with standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

While the study is limited to the corridor between Cheltenham Avenue and High School Road, the work will take into account possible links with the Tacony Creek Trail and  the Frankford Creek Greenway all the way to the Delaware River and the East Coast Greenway, as well as the future extension from Elkins Park to Glenside, Arcadia University and the Cresheim Trail in Springfield Township.

The study will examine potential alternate routes on both side of the Creek, and will benefit from a rigorous public involvement process that includes a Study Advisory Committee (SAC) with local representatives and several public meetings through the course of the project.

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) includes: Commissioner Irv Brockington, Commissioner Mitch Zygmund-Felt; John Raisch, Environmental Advisory Council; Cynthia Blackwood and Cathy Callan, Friends of High School Park; Charles Burdell Williams, School District Board Director; Kim Rose and Marge Scavone, Economic Development Task Force; and Caryl Levin, Melrose Park Neighbors Association.


The project’s first public meeting was held on October 22 at Elkins Park Middle School. A committee of TTF, PECPA, the SAC, and Campbell Thomas & Co. Architects answered questions and gathered community insight as to what amenities and connections are most desired. Additional public meetings, as well as key person interviews and focus groups will be held. A draft feasibility study will be presented at a public meeting in 2020.

Please provide your input by completing the questionnaire below. If you would like to host a focus group of neighbors or participate in a key person interview, contact Nate Dorfman at [email protected].

CLICK HERE to provide feedback or to get more information from Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership 
 
 
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