Riverfront North hears feedback from residents

Riverfront North Partnership hosted a couple of community meetings last week to gather feedback from the public as the organization prepares projects in its master plan.

A group effort: Riverfront North Partnership hosted two meetings last week to encourage feedback from the public regarding potential connector crosswalks, among other projects. LOGAN KRUM / TIMES PHOTO

Riverfront North Partnership last week hosted two meetings to let the public provide feedback and suggestions for projects in the organization’s master plan.

The meetings, hosted at Tacony Branch Library on April 29 and Richmond Branch Library on May 1, allowed attendees to fill out surveys and view progress on various projects.

Plans on display asked for community ideas concerning uses of the river and regular activities that can be hosted on the riverfront as well as concepts for potential connector crosswalks to make walking to the riverfront more accessible.

“The master plan brings everything together so that we can have a strategic overall vision for how this trail system fits into Northeast Philadelphia,” said Stephanie Phillips, executive director of Riverfront North Partnership.

Phillips said they are especially excited about the connector streets, which will prioritize wide streets and busy intersections to make walkability easier.

LOGAN KRUM / TIMES PHOTO

The survey asked residents for feedback on ideas such as community gardens, farmer’s markets, bike rental equipment, skate parks and dog parks. It is still available to take online at RiverfrontNorth.org/MasterPlan. The survey will be available online until May 31. More information, such as a master plan map, can also be found on the site.

The master plan covers 11 miles of trails, seven parks and one planned park. In the near future, Riverfront plans to create a connection at the K&T Trail, which stretches from Magee to Princeton avenues. There are also plans to open a new park in Bridesburg, which could break ground in late 2020 if funding is approved.

The meetings made up the second round of meetings hosted by Riverfront to garner feedback from the public. Last summer’s first round resulted in some of the ideas that were presented on storyboards at these meetings.

A third round of community meetings, which will feature more finalized ideas and give residents another chance to voice feedback, is planned to take place late summer or early fall.