Penn Street portion of the Central Delaware Trail gets OK from PCPC

The Penn Street portion of the Central Delaware Trail got a nod from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission Tuesday, which gave its approval to the overall concept of the trail and a streets bill that creates a separate bike path and rain gardens.

The Penn Street section of the multipurpose trail is to connect a Spring Garden Street trail to the Central Delaware via Penn Street. The trail will then run through the SugarHouse parking lot and connect with the portion of riverside trail SugarHouse has already built. The casino is paying for the parking lot portion as well.

This will be the first portion of trail built to new Delaware River Waterfront Corporation design standards for the entire trail. The PCPC liked almost everything, but asked that the area surrounding street trees be fitted with grates instead of cobblestones. The trail will narrow at tree locations, and the grates will provide additional walking surface, commissioners said.

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