The East Falls River Landing is a long-awaited new ADA public facility for recreational paddlers to access the Schuylkill River in East Falls. The EFDC has spearheaded this project through a community-driven concept process, partnering with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and garnering financial support from the William Penn Foundation and PA Fish & Boat Commission. The project was designed by Urban Engineers and will be constructed by Seravalli, Inc. Construction is scheduled to begin July 12 and extend through mid August.
Located in East Fairmount Park adjacent to the public parking lot on Kelly Drive just upstream from the East Falls Bridge, and along the Schuylkill River Trial, this site has a long history of river access: dating as far back to when the Lenape people established a fishing and hunting village along the banks of the river near the original rocky falls now under the towering twin bridges, to the late 1800’s when East Falls was a riverfront resort destination with inns and restaurants serving up famous Catfish and Waffle dinners with locally brewed German beers to visitors from Center City who were transported by ferry to a landing. Today, paddlers and anglers access the river along the East Falls banks from the popular Schuylkill River Trail.
The East Falls River Landing will also be a much welcomed and long-awaited landing along the Schuylkill River Heritage Water Trail, providing a terrific spot for paddlers to stop and enjoy the neighborhood’s riverfront business district. Thanks to financial support and collaboration with the Audubon Discovery Center and the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, a novel and engaging interpretive sign will be installed overlooking the river landing to deepen visitors appreciation and understanding for the Schuylkill River. Thanks to a Restoration Grant from the Schuylkill River Greenways with generous support from the Philadelphia Water Department, EFDC will be restoring the native riparian corridor upstream and downstream from the river landing by removing invasive plants and installing native floodplain species to improve water quality, habitat and stormwater management.