On Friday, August 11th, the Tacony Community Development Corporation attended an opening ceremony for the extension to the Kensington and Tacony Trail. The trail, also known as the K&T, previously extended from the Frankford Arsenal Boat Launch to Lardner's Point Park at the base of the Tacony Palmyra Bridge. Now, the extension connects as far as the Tacony Boat Launch, creating 2 miles of uninterrupted trail along the Delaware River right through Tacony.
The section is part of an initiative planned by the City of Philadelphia and the Riverfront North Partnership to open an 11 mile network of trails and parks along the Delaware in Northeast Philadelphia. The new section was initially planned in 2004 and cost $2.5 million to complete. It is 12 feet across, with plenty of space for bikers, runners, and walkers. Extensions are planned to connect the trail as far North as Pennypack Park and South to Port Richmond.
The opening ceremony was held at 10am and included a first look at new banners created by the artist Lisa Kelly in a partnership between the Riverfront North Partnership and the Tacony LAB Community Arts Center. Speakers included: Stephanie Phillips from the Riverfront North Partnership, Adam Waterbear DePaul of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, Mayor Kenney, Senator Dillon, Representative Hohenstein, Councilmember Driscoll, a representative from the Streets Department, Jane Golden from Mural Arts Philadelphia, Patrick Starr from Circuit Trails, and Michael Mattioni from the Riverfront North Partnership.