Our Watershed

The 30 square mile Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed is shown in purple on the map below.

Located in southeast Pennsylvania, both within and just outside the city of Philadelphia, it is one of Philadelphia’s five main watersheds, all of which flow into the Delaware River. Any rain that falls on the purple area of the map will eventually flow into the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek.

The creek we steward changes its name three times before it flows into the Delaware River.

The Tookany Creek section contains the creek’s headwaters and lies within the Montgomery County municipalities of: Abington, Cheltenham,  Jenkintown, Rockledge, and Springfield.

The Tacony-Frankford Creek section lies within the Philadelphia neighborhoods ofBridesburg, Cedarbrook, East Oak Lane, East Mt. Airy, Feltonville, Fern Rock, Fox Chase Frankford, Germantown, Harrowgate, Hunting Park, Juniata Park, Lawncrest, Logan, Nicetown Northwood, Ogontz, Olney, Oxford Circle, Port Richmond, and West Oak Lane.

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Tookany Creek

The Tookany Creek section of the watershed (north of Cheltenham Avenue) contains 25.37 stream miles. This includes the headwater tributaries in Abington and Cheltenham, as well as Jenkintown and parts of Rockledge and Springfield. The six main tributaries are:

  • Baeder Creek
  • Jenkintown Creek
  • Leeches Run
  • Tookany Main Stem
  • Mill Run
  • Rock Creek

Learn more about Tookany Creek through our video and story map, Finding Frankford: Investing in the Long-Term Recovery of a Forgotten Urban Stream.

Tacony-Frankford Creek

The Tacony-Frankford section of the watershed (south of Cheltenham Ave.) contains 6.8 stream miles. The Tookany is renamed Tacony as it leaves Montgomery County, flowing through Philadelphia’s Tacony Creek Park from Cheltenham Avenue to the Juniata Golf Course. It becomes Frankford Creek when it joins the historic Wingohocking Creek at I Street and Ramona Avenue by the Juniata Golf Course. The creek flows into the Delaware River just south of the Betsy Ross Bridge.

ttf watershed

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