Watering Manayunk: Some Parks, a Canal, and a Tank
This special park tour has two parts. Do just the first hour, or both.
We’ll visit the new Venice Island Recreation Center with its green-
roofed stormwater tank, river-themed art, and beautiful spray park. See the intact Lock 69 at the outlet of the Manayunk Canal, which was built in 1819 when Manayunk was barely a settlement, and the towpath linear park.
In the second hour we’ll walk uphill to the new Cynwyd Trail, just opened in 2015 atop the Manayunk Railroad Bridge, for a spectacular view of the canal and river. How did the canal take us almost 200 years later to the need for a stormwater tank? Hear the story from Manayunk resident Sandy Sorlien, a watershed educator and expert in the Schuylkill Navigation system. Optional: stick around for lunch or shopping on Main Street, or view the peregrine falcons of Pretzel Park.
Part I has about a mile of easy walking; add 2 miles round-trip for Part II.
Parking: lot at Venice Island
Train: SEPTA Norristown line to Manayunk Station
This is a FREE tour, but registration is required.