Tour a Restored Segment of Tacony Creek!

Julie Slavet
Sep 29, 2010

We encourage all watershed residents to attend this exciting event!

Event: Tour of a restored segment of Tacony Creek
Date: Saturday, October 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Location: Tacony Creek, located south of Roosevelt Boulevard (US 1), downstream of the Whitaker Avenue Bridge and upstream of the Wyoming Avenue Bridge. Entrance via Scattergood Foundation Friends Hospital at 4641 Roosevelt Boulevard. Turn into the main entrance of Friends Hospital and follow signs to the back parking lot by the creek.
Contact: Laura Copeland, Philadelphia Water Department, 215-685-4902

– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Philadelphia Water Department and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation will be joined by City and elected officials to celebrate the completed restoration of a nearly half mile segment of Tacony Creek. This ecologically renovated section of the stream will serve as a model and the vision for the anticipated revitalization of a five mile segment of the creek beginning at the Montgomery County line at Cheltenham Avenue to Castor Avenue at the Juniata Golf Course. Restoration goals include the provision of natural habitat to enhance the ecosystems of our parks and streams.

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (confirmed) and Congressmen Chaka Fattah and Robert Brady will be joined by Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District Commander, Lt. Col. Philip M. Secrist III, and other City officials to present the completed restoration and revitalization plans for the Tacony Creek. Tours of the project and conceptual plans for the entire restoration will be on view.

This segment of the Tacony Creek was restored using a Natural Stream Channel Design technique which incorporates natural materials to fortify urban streams while restoring ecological integrity. Restoration components include: rock vanes, bendway weirs, locked logs, live siltation, a cross-vane, living dikes, single stone bendway weirs. Over 10,000 native plants were used to restore the riparian buffers and streambanks.

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