Detail of the mosaic installation by Paul Santoleri and Beth Clevenstine on stairs on the Manayunk Towpath in Philadelphia. The staircase recently topped Curbed Philadelphia’s list of “The 10 most colorful places to Instagram in Philly.”

Schedule Overview

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Day 1: Convene at Cira Centre

We'll kick off the Summit with active events and mobile workshops around the city, ending the day at Convene at Cira Centre in downtown Philly for the opening plenary and welcome dinner.

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Day 2: Houston Hall, UPenn

On Friday, we'll head to the University of Pennsylvania campus for workshops and plenary presentations along with exhibits at Houston Hall in the historic Perelman Quadrangle.

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Day 3: Mobile Workshops

To wrap up the Summit, we'll celebrate with active events to enjoy the outdoors with local partners.

Mid-Atlantic Summit Schedule

Thursday, April 4

1 - 3:30 pm Mobile workshops

  • Take Me to the River: Developing Philly's Delaware River Trail (bus trip). Travel from Pier 68 to Penn Treaty Park along Delaware Avenue and Delaware River Trail segments (7-miles round trip, 2-3 hrs). Led by Michael Connor of NV5 and Lizzie Woods, Karen Thompson, Chris Dougherty of Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.
  • Rail Bridge Rebirth on Camden County's Merchantville Trail (bus trip). From Center City Philadelphia to Rt 130 Overpass (45th St & N Chestnut Ave, Pennsauken Township, NJ). Roughly a two-hour trip. Led by representatives from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
  • Schuylkill Banks Stroll (walk). Walk along Schuylkill Banks for up-close look at pedestrian connections. Led by Clean Air Council’s Feet First Philly.
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5 - 8:30 pm Reception & Opening Plenary, at Convene in Cira Centre

Leading with Trails and Greenways: How Greater Philadelphia's Greenways and Trails are Awakening a Movement to Connect People and Place.

We welcome attendees to Philadelphia with hors d'oeuvres and drinks and poster viewing at Convene in Cira Centre. Then we’ll hear from a panel of local greenway leaders: Olivia Glenn, Eleanor Horne, Sarah Clark Stuart, and Joseph Syrnick. Andrew Johnson, director of the watershed protection program with the William Penn Foundation, will moderate the panel discussion.

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Mitchell Silver, Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks

Friday, April 5, 2019

8 am Registration and breakfast

Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania campus

9 am Opening Keynote: 21st-Century Parks and Public Space: What’s Next?

Join us to hear from Commissioner Mitchell Silver, NYC Department of Parks, sharing his thoughts on inclusive public spaces for the future.

10 am Expo Hall opens

10:15 am Networking Break

10:45 - 11:45am Workshop/Breakout Round 1 (4 options)

  • Frankenstein or Quilt? Stitching it all Together: NJ Trails & the Circuit Trails Pipeline
  • Activating Open Space and Creating a Bikeable Camden County
  • Influencing Change Through Tactical Urbanism, Ghost Bikes and Memorial Rides; Making Your Trail Go Farther with Bicycle Tourism Experiences 
  • Lessons Learned in Planning and Partnerships along the ECG and the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway & Public-Private-Partnerships Plus

11:50 am Networking Break  

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 Noon  Lunch, Networking, Featured Announcements

We’ll hear from Cindy Dunn and Patty Elkis and we’ll introduce a new study of the impact of greenways and trails on the Greater Philadelphia area, created by NV5/Econsult.

1:15 - 2:15 pm  Workshop Round 2 (4 options)

  • Public Engagement in Ways that Count
  • Lightning Round short sessions
  • The Bensalem Greenway: Everybody's East Coast Greenway & East Coast Greenway State Level Strategic Planning – Get it Built!
  • Safe Routes to Trails: Low-Stress Bicycle Network Analysis & Counting Trail Users in the Mid-Atlantic and Beyond

2:20 pm Networking, Snack Break

2:45 - 3:45 pm Workshop Round 3 (4 options)

  • Advocating for Transportation Trails: Funding and building trail and greenway networks
  • Putting Equitable Trail Development Into Action
  • Recreating the Morris Canal as a 100+ mile Greenway across New Jersey from the Delaware to the Hudson & Empire State Trail
  • Building a Diverse Local Trail Champion Team & Strong Partners, Strong Communities: Building Relationships Through Workforce Development

3:50 pm Networking Break

4 - 5 pm Workshop Round 4 (4 options)

  • Creative Trail Funding Strategies for Trail Development
  • Stop "Meeting" About Transportation Equity- Start DOING Transportation Equity Instead & Inclusionary Trail Planning
  • Urban Trails: Baltimore Green Network Plan and Scooter Impact & John Heinz: America's First Urban Refuge
  • Crossing Barriers using Protected Solutions & Preparing for the Inevitable: Incorporating Resiliency into Our Greenways and Trails to Counteract Climate Change and Weather Events

5:15 pm Recognition Ceremony & Closing


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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Enjoy options for active events hosted by our partners.

  • 9 am - noon: Join our partner, Schuylkill Banks, and the City of Philadelphia's Streets Department for their Annual Philly Spring Cleanup, including leaf collection, mulching, light pruning and trash pickup. We'll meet on the trail under the Walnut Street Bridge. Gloves, tools and water will be provided. 
  • 9:30 am - 3 pm D&L Canal bike ride Take SEPTA regional rail to Bucks County to bike the D&L Trail. Led by Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
  • 10 am - noon Ben Franklin Bridge Walk Walk from Camden to Philadelphia over the Ben Franklin Bridge. Led by Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Circuit Trails.
  • 10 am - noon City of Neighborhoods Tour: Green Spaces and Civic Engagement (bike ride) We’ll leave from 30th Street Station to Mantua to North Philly and back, a 6.4-mile loop. Led by Better Bike Share Partnership Philadelphia’s Brenda Hernandez-Torres and Waffiyyah Murray.  Guest Speakers: Dwayne Drummond, Mantua Civic Association; Pili X, North Philly Peace Park  
  • 1 - 3 pm From the Steps to Fairmount with Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling Program (bike ride) We’ll meet at the iconic art museum steps and bike to Sedgley Porter House and back, 2.2 miles round trip, 2-3 hours. Led by Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling Program Manager Taylor Kuyk-White and the 2018 Youth Advisory Committee: Kayla West, Jahmiel Jackson, Emir Johnson, and Lurena Watkins
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Members of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia's Youth Cycling Program
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