Biking and hiking paths to be built at Rush State Park

The 275-acre park in North­east Phil­adelphia has been largely un­developed for dec­ades. A ground-break­ing ce­re­mony will be held Nov. 19 for the im­prove­ments.

Something’s fi­nally go­ing to hap­pen at Ben­jamin Rush State Park at Southamp­ton Road and the Boulevard.

A ground­break­ing ce­re­mony has been sched­uled for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, for im­prove­ments to the park that will in­clude the ad­di­tion of un­paved roads for bik­ing and walk­ing and re­strooms. The 275-acre park will get a new en­trance, too, off of Southamp­ton Road.

There has been talk of im­prov­ing Rush for years. Zon­ing is­sues had hung up im­prove­ment plans,  and after they were sor­ted out, money, or lack of it, got in the way.

In late 2010, loc­al and state of­fice­hold­ers an­nounced that the money was in hand to get the work star­ted, but 2011 and most of 2012 went by with noth­ing hap­pen­ing.

Early this year, mem­bers of the Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation said they were in­formed that work at the park will be com­pleted in 2013.

In 2009, state of­fi­cials presen­ted a plan to de­vel­op Rush as a pass­ive re­cre­ation area. The park had been used by com­munity garden­ers, a mod­el air­plane club and horse­back riders, and had re­mained un­developed for dec­ades.

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