Schuylkill River Towns Program

PEC undertook a community-led initiative to improve the environment and economy of Manayunk, Conshohocken, Norristown, and Phoenixville and help these River Towns reclaim the Schuylkill river as an asset.

The Schuylkill River Town Program is a two year initiative managed by PEC and funded through the William Penn Foundation to build stewardship of the Schuylkill River and adjacent trails through education and engagement. The project focuses on the 26 miles of trail and river that includes the communities of Manayunk, Conshohocken, Norristown, and Phoenixville.

We believe that trails and rivers are exceptional assets to the towns they serve. The goal of building stewardship for these assets is to draw trail users into the towns, encourage people from town to experience the river, and to create economic and environmental improvements through these connections.   

Over 80,000 people use the Schuylkill River Trail each year, but not enough users see the towns they pass through as destinations. Our citizen Action Teams in Manayunk, Conshohocken, Norristown, and Phoenixville are working hard on projects they identified as priorities for improving the trail in their towns. These projects range from removing invasive plant species to engaging local artists to create wayfinding systems. Together with PEC and local partners, the Action Teams of the Schuylkill River Towns Program work hard to improve the economic and environmental wellbeing of their towns.

Over 80,000 people use the Schuylkill River Trail each year.

Volunteer Action Teams decide how to better connect their community to the river.

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