Schuylkill Center entertaining proposals for land sale

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education reported on its blog that two local civic associations, the Upper Roxborough Civic Association and the Residents of the Shawmont Valley, met last week to discuss news of a possible sale of the Boy Scout Tract, a section of the Schuylkill Center’s property. The Boy Scout Tract is a

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Advocates express concern about artificial turf’s carcinogenic chemicals, contributions to heat island effect and plastic waste

Much of the opposition to the FDR Park Master Plan centers on the replacement of the open greenspace of the Meadows with the artificial green of 12 synthetic turf athletic fields. Master Plan boosters cite the “playability” of synthetic turf fields, which can host more hours of play per week than natural grass fields. Recent

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A legendary fruit was born on the land the City wishes to bury

In one of the world’s most polluted urban watersheds, in the shadow of shuttered refineries, stands FDR Park, a miraculous sliver of natural topography. The City intends to use it as something of a retaining wall supporting vast elevated terraces topped with artificial turf fields. When development projects are proposed on City-owned land, the City

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Comment on Lower Poquessing Creek Trail proposal

The Far Northeast of Philadelphia isn’t the friendliest cycling landscape the city has to offer, with intimidating arterial roads like Roosevelt Boulevard and lots of residential streets that don’t connect. The proposed Lower Poquessing Creek Trail aims to change that, at least along the creek that serves as the city’s boundary with Bucks County. The

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City seeks input from trail users to inform maintenance plans

Have you ever hit a tree root on a multi-use path and barely managed to stay on your bike? Have you ever wanted to tell someone about it? The City of Philadelphia is working on a plan to improve trail and sidepath maintenance and wants to hear from you. Philadelphia boasts a growing network of

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Black-tie kickoff to black birders week

Black Birders Week is back for 2022 — it will run May 29 through June 4 — and Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences is celebrating on May 28 with a black-tie  Black Excellence in Birding evening. Philadelphia birders have been at the forefront of the movement to elevate Black birding, and the event features

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If you see a bear…

A black bear was spotted in Montgomery County in Hatfield Township near Rt. 309 on Monday evening. Another black bear was captured by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on May 4 in Clifton Heights in Delaware County and relocated to a less populated area. The DelCo bear had been spotted in Montgomery and Chester Counties as

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Philadelphia parks drop to #32 in national rankings

The numbers bear it out: Philadelphia’s parks are severely underfunded. The Trust for Public Land has released its annual ParkScore Index, and Philadelphia has slipped in the rankings to 32 out of the country’s 100 most populous cities, down from 19 in 2021. The index scores city park systems in subcategories such as access, acreage,

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