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Future Trails 2014, part 4: National Train Day/Millbourne

The meetup point is at the historical displays starting at the top of the ramp going to the 101/102 trolleys (& several buses): on the left hand side if you are entering from the street, about 75 feet from the main entrance.  This is directly across the lobby from SEPTA Sales & Information.

We will be exploring the issues around connecting the existing Cobbs Creek Trail at 63rd & Market Streets with 69th Street station.  Beginning at 69th Street station, we will walk first to Millbourne Borough to join in their celebrations of National Train Day, where we expect a number of people to join our walk from there to the intersection of the current Cobbs Creek Trail at 63rd & Market Streets. The second half of our walk will include Sellers Woods and the historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course Club House (we will likely stop long enough for a beer), on our way back to 69th Street.

The 1907/[masked]th Street Terminal, the biggest old traction (trolley) terminal in the nation, with extensive historic and built environment displays, is situated in downtown Upper Darby,  the biggest Art Deco building district in the region. 

We will walk along the creek on an abandoned rail bed/ potential rail trail from 69th Street, and hear plans for new, more environmentally balanced redevelopment along the route.  After we are joined by interested parties at Millbourne Borough's celebrations, we will look at potential routes and connections with the existing Cobbs Creek Trail at 63rd Street. After "exploring" a short, old brick tunnel underpass possibly of use in developing the through-trail, we will complete a loop back to 69th Street, walking along the other side of Cobbs Creek, utilizing some of the trails in the Sellers Woods section of  Cobbs Creek Park (part of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department), going as far as colonial Haverford Road before heading along the edges of the Karakung and Cobbs Creek Golf Courses (the oldest public golf courses in the nation), considering possibilities for a route out of the way of golfers. We then return to 69th St via State Road in Upper Darby. 

This is the fourth in a series exploring a planned "through trail" (connecting with the East Coast Greenway) between the Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge and Valley Forge National Historical Park, via the Cobbs Creek, Radnor, and newly-completed Chester Valley Trails.  Scott Maits will be lead organizer for this series, sharing his knowledge of plans being considered as well as older and more recent history.

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  • Joe P.

    Always learn area history whenever I go on these walks.

    May 10, 2014

  • Gloria

    I didn't have the directions straight. I was waiting at the booth where the 101 and 102 trollies leave 69th street. :-(

    May 10, 2014

  • Lutfiyah

    Argh, going to miss this leg of the journey. Hope to see you at the next one.

    May 9, 2014

  • Jed M.

    Scott Maits will be assisted as needed in organizing this event by Mark Anderson. They have given their permission to post their phone numbers: please only call the morning of the event if you are running late or need directions (Scott is probably more familiar with public transit options.) You may also be able to meet them enroute: you should be arriving at 63rd & Market Streets around 10:45am or so. Scott's number is[masked]-4751. Mark's number is[masked]

    May 7, 2014

  • Joe P.

    I will walk part of the route. At some point, I will have to leave to participate in the Cobbs Creek West Community Association park clean up, starting at Glencoe & Afton, from 1 to 4pm.

    May 4, 2014

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