The north segment of the Delaware River Trail (DRT) is eventually planned to run along the Delaware River from Penn Street to Allegheny Avenue and ultimately connect to the trail segments currently planned in the North Delaware. The segment of this section currently under construction is a multi-use trail and waterfront promenade connecting the existing waterfront trail behind Sugarhouse Casino north through Penn Treaty Park, providing the vital and needed link between an existing City trail segment and an important City public park.
This overall trail segment was designed within the existing Delaware River Trail design guidelines and features a pedestrian and bicycle path, complemented by landscaping and solar lighting. The Penn Treaty Park promenade and trail segment was also designed in coordination with staff from the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department in keeping with the overall park master plan, to ensure a design that is respectful to the history and nature of the park, in keeping with the department’s and the public’s vision for the park, and with the future maintenance in mind. The park promenade along the river will feature lighting, seating, and a generous shared use path for pedestrians and cyclists. The western edge of the promenade is defined by a low retaining wall with fill material on one side that will obscure views of the wall and promenade from the great lawn.
An asphalt bicycle path will connect the northern end of the waterfront promenade with Beach Street, along the northern edge of the park, to allow for a complete bicycle connection between the waterfront trail and existing bicycle infrastructure. This section of the DRT North segment is expected to open in late 2018.