Schuylkill River Revival

  • 07 May 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • via Zoom

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Schuylkill River Revival

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 2:00 pm 

How did the banks of the Schuylkill go from an abandoned industrial wasteland to become the award-winning park and trail they are today?  The Schuylkill River revival is the story of those who thought to reclaim the lower tidal Schuylkill River and its banks from its once important but then abandoned past.  Speaker John Randolph is foremost amongst those whose efforts have so enriched our lives.  

There can be no doubt that the Schuylkill River is a Philadelphia treasure.  It is an oasis waterway through the urban core with greenery to the north, new commercial and residential development in the middle and more greenery to the south.  And with a new pedestrian path it has become a favorite respite for joggers and cyclists.

But did you know that the river was once a major transportation corridor for industrial development along its banks and once the industry left, it became an unattractive wasteland and urban eyesore.  Just how did the river evolve into what we enjoy today?

Our speaker, John Randolph, will take us through the interesting history of the Schuylkill River and how true visionaries saw a diamond in the rough and took action to give the river a second life. Mr. Randolph has over forty years of experience in the field of planning and project development. He is Founder and former President of the Schuylkill River Development Council. a non-profit public-private partnership dedicated to the revitalization of the tidal Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.  He has a Master’s of Architecture, Princeton University, and a B.A. in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania.



The program will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing . You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at  in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion. You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.


To register email  or call 215-925-7333. If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation to make room for others.

This program is free of charge to our members, volunteers and donors.  Guests are welcome to attend up to three programs before being required to join and/or volunteer with Penn’s Village. During the coronavirus crisis, we are waiving the three-program limit and $10 fee for non-member guests to help our neighbors stay connected and engaged while social distancing.

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