By Digital First Media
POTTSTOWN >> The Schuylkill River Heritage Area joined Pottstown officials Thursday in cutting the ribbon of the recently completed Pottstown RiverWalk.
The new recreational and educational amenity located at Riverfront Park is a crushed stone interpretive trail that connects with the park’s existing section of the Schuylkill River Trail to create a one-mile loop through a wooded area along the river. Interpretive stations along the trail offer information about the region’s natural environment.
Speakers at the event included Silas Chamberlin, Schuylkill River Heritage Area executive director, and Grants Program Coordinator Tim Fenchel. Pottstown Assistant Borough Manager Erica Batdorf also spoke at the event.
“The development of the RiverWalk has been a long time in the planning,” said Fenchel. “It is part of our larger initiative to create an educational and recreational experience along the Schuylkill River Trail that engages trail users in the river’s history and environment.”
The RiverWalk was constructed by the Heritage Area as an extension of the River of Revolutions Interpretive Center. Serving as a visitors’ center for the Schuylkill River Region, the center is located inside the Heritage Area’s offices at 140 College Drive. It includes exhibits and family friendly displays that tell about the region’s history, environment and recreation and visitor opportunities.
The newly installed signs include information about woodlands, birds, watersheds, outdoor recreation and nature journaling. The signs feature artwork by local artist Jody Wenzel and is located within an interpretive station that is enhanced by native plantings. Several benches were also added for trail users to sit and enjoy the woods and river.
“Art, culture and history are all intertwined and make for a very meaningful experience for trail users, visitors and residents,” said Batdorf.
The trail was paid for with funds from the William Penn Foundation, and was constructed in partnership with the Borough of Pottstown, which owns the property and will oversee its maintenance.