Philadelphia was once laced with a complex system of streams and tributaries, many of which are now hidden underground. In the 19th and 20th centuries, these streams were rechanneled into massive sewers that run beneath the streets in order to provide level land for new homes, to protect the health of its citizens, and provide drainage for expanding neighborhoods.
The Wingohocking Creek was once a major tributary of the Frankford Creek that provided power for many factories. Nowadays, it runs in a sewer below Mt. Airy, Germantown, Olney, Feltonville, and Juniata.
Join Philadelphia Water Department’s Drew Brown and Adam Levine on a guided bus tour tracing the historic and now hidden Wingohocking Creek. The tour begins and ends at Tacony Creek Park, I & Ramona Ave Gateway (4528 I Street, Philadelphia, 19124).
Admission is $20, which includes lunch.
The tour includes several stops where we will get off the bus and explore, so we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. Points of interest along the way will include Awbury Arboretum and Belfield, home of Charles Wilson Peale.