Despite recent Schuylkill River flooding, river development plans in Reading, PA, continue undeterred. With many projects in the “completed” column, and a deep queue of projects to execute, RiverPlace Development Corporation‘s Bob Behling is confident they have the right approach to get things done.
Many projects, including the Canal Heritage Mural, trail bridge over Lancaster Avenue, and a planting of Japanese cherry trees, are complete. Spring will see ground breaking on one of the most ambitious projects yet, a multi-use amphitheater designed to hold up to 2000 people. A good number of projects are championed by community volunteers, and more are needed.
What about the impact of the latest round of flooding?
“We believe that the flood validates the RiverPlace master plan, which calls for a continuous park and trail system along the river and in its floodway, and then for flood-proof construction to be on sites along the river,” Bob says.
You can find more information on the events mentioned in this segment by visiting the RiverPlace events page.
We think you’ll enjoy the waterway footage seen in this clip–all taken from the shores of the Schuylkill near the Reading Area Community College (RACC) campus and from the banks of the Wyomissing Creek near the Reading Public Museum. We shot the flood footage you see here from atop the Penn Street Bridge at around 7:30 pm on June 28, 2006, the night the river crested. You can see more of that footage in one of our earlier segments.
For an introduction to the river development master plan, see an earlier segment published here on Berks.TV.
The view looking north on the Schuylkill River from Reading, PA: