McClinton announces $900,000 grant for trail construction

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 – Following approval by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced a $900,000 grant has been awarded to the Schuylkill River Development Corp.

McClinton said the organization will use the funding to help construct a multi-use connector trail along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

“It’s always great for the people of Southwest Philadelphia when investments like these are made to help better our community,” McClinton said. “This grant will not only assist the SRDC in moving forward with its project, it will make improvements to a recreational area utilized by many families and help boost the local economy.”

The Schuylkill River Development Corp. is constructing a connector trail along the west bank of the river, known as the Bartram’s Mile Trail. The project will expand recreational access and safe, off-road commuting for thousands of families in Kingsessing and Bartram’s Village. It also will spur economic development on some of the riverfront parcels of land that are being primed for reuse. The project includes the construction of the trail and the installation of lighting, benches, trash containers, bollards and bike racks.

"The SRDC is thrilled to receive this grant which will assist in extending the Schuylkill River Trail deeper in southwest Philadelphia,” said Joseph R. Syrnick, president and CEO of the Schuylkill River Development Corp. “The commonwealth has been a great partner in this effort.”

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking.