Northeast Philadelphia resident Kathleen George often enjoys riding her bicycle and walking her dog on the K&T trail along the Delaware River. So, she was excited to explore an additional half mile of the trail that opened to the public on Friday.
The new $2.5 million half-mile trail connects Lardner’s Point Park at the base of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge to the Tacony Boat Launch, and makes the K&T trail two continuous miles.
A cyclist enjoys a newly-completed segment of the K&T Trail along the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia between the Tacony Boat Launch and Larner’s Point Park on August 11, 2023. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
“The fact that they’re extending it north is awesome,” George said. “I can’t wait to get on the bike and see how far up north it goes.”
The expansion is part of an initiative between the City of Philadelphia and the nonprofit Riverfront North Partnership to open an 11-mile network of trails and parks along the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia. More than half of those trails are complete.
The new half-mile segment of the K&T Trail along the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia between the Tacony Boat Launch and Larner’s Point Park opened on August 11, 2023. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
George said she enjoys the convenience of having access to the outdoors so close to home.
“It means that I don’t have to travel all the way to Center City and the back of the art museum to use that trail, because it’s right in my backyard,” she said. “It’s really great that I don’t have to get in the car, and hook my bike to my truck, and get on the highway and find parking in the city.”