On Monday, October 17th, elected representatives of Philadelphia, including Congressman Brendan Boyle, Councilmember Mike Driscoll, and other city officials held a groundbreaking for the newest connector along the Circuit Trails at Lardner’s Point Park south of the Tacony Palmyra Bridge. The K&T Trail Phase 2 segment is part of the 11-mile K&T Trail also known as the Kensington and Tacony Trail, which begins at Pulaski Park in Port Richmond and will eventually connect seamlessly to Poquessing Creek.
The map above shows the 0.63 mile K&T Trail Phase 2 segment that will extend the trail from Lardner’s Point Park to the Tacony Boat Launch (Princeton Ave). Once complete, the new half-mile paved trail will fill a critical gap toward completion of the trail network in Northeast Philadelphia with views of the Delaware River and New Jersey. Ultimately, the K&T Trail will connect to South Philadelphia via the City’s popular Delaware River Trail.
Stephanie Philips, Executive Director of the Riverfront North Partnership and Patrick Starr, Executive Vice President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council spoke on behalf of the Circuit Trails Coalition and its goal to connect communities to the network throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region by way of the Circuit. Today there are over 370 completed miles of Circuit Trails with the short-term goal of reaching 500 miles by 2025 and eventually connecting 800+ miles of trail through the nine county region.