Roxborough entrance to Wissahickon Park remains washed out from floods

Don Simon of Roxborough uses the Jannette Street entrance to Wissahickon Valley Park on a regular basis.

“We run, walk, bike through that trail, everything but juggle,” said Simon.

It’s a major entrance into Fairmount Park from Roxborough, but Simon and his wife, Susan, have been thinking about hiking somewhere else because of the trail’s washed-out path from the recent hurricanes and floods.

About 50-feet from the street entrance near Monastery Avenue, two orange construction cones alert trail users of the unsteady path ahead. Portions of the trail are caved in and covered with stray branches, large rocks and mud, making it difficult to navigate.

“People have been pretty careful to go through one person at a time,” said Simon. “I sure as heck won’t go down there in the dark.”

The Simons put in a request for repairs with the Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) but haven’t seen any action.

The FOW told NewsWorks they would look into the issue and let us know when it was scheduled for repairs.

NewsWorks wants to know about the walking and biking trails near you that could use some extra attention after the recent floods. Send your photos to newsworks@whyy.org or leave a comment at the bottom of this article.

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