The group camped out Tuesday night at Riverfront Park in the borough before paddling 17.8 miles to Mont Clare on Wednesday.
The 112-mile guided kayak and canoe trip started in 1999 after the Schuylkill River was named River of the Year buy the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
According to the group’s website, it takes seven days to reach the Philadelphia Boathouse Row from their launch site in Schuylkill Haven. The canoeists and kayakers paddle between 14 and 18 miles a day, stopping for lunch, then camping overnight.
The project was outlined during the Feb. 6 council meeting by Tom Carroll, who in addition to being the new chairman of the Pottstown Borough Authority, is also heading up this project as well.
Carroll’s proposal is to use the triangle of property between College Drive and South Street and turn it into an art and exercise park, call the Pottstown Art and Fitness Trail.
In addition to featuring a system of simple exercise equipment by Energi, the park would also feature platform on which sculptures would be placed.
“If the weathermen are right, this will be the coldest polar bear dive we’ve had in the series,” said Bill Krause, who organizes the event with his wife, Sue.
The swim will commence at 10:30 a.m. when the participants, who will all have to sign a waiver beforehand, will line up and dash into the Schuylkill River.
Running into the freezing river won’t be the only thing going on, however.
Pottstown, Pennsylvania — On Saturday, September 24, Pottsgrove Manor’s historic site supervisor will offer an informative walking tour from the Manor to the Riverfront Park along the Schuylkill River. The walk will begin at Pottsgrove Manor at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude at the site at 2:00 p.m.
Along the way, we will discuss the history and importance of the Manatawny Creek and the Schuylkill River to the ironworking business of the Potts family. A picnic lunch along the river will be provided before heading back to the Manor. An optional guided tour of the house will be offered upon returning to Pottsgrove Manor. Please bring water, wear sunscreen and/or a hat, and wear comfortable shoes. The route is approximately 2 miles of paved trail and sidewalk. The terrain is mostly flat, with one set of stairs.
There is a fee of $15 for this program. Registration is required by September 20th. Registrants will be given a choice of boxed lunches when they call to register.
Pottsgrove Manor, home of John Potts, colonial ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks and Heritage Services Department.
Regular museum hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tours are given on the hour; last tour of the day begins as 3:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should pre-register by calling 610.326.4014. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit us on the web at
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is sponsoring a bicycle tour of Pottstown next Saturday, July 23rd from 9 am until 1 pm. The tour is being made possible by a grant from the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation.
The tour will start at 140 College Drive, at the Schuylkill River Heritage Area offices next to Riverfront Park, at 9 am. Participants will be use the free Bike Pottstown “yellow cruisers” to take a five-mile ride down to the Grosstown Road trailhead and back to Riverfront Park. Next on the agenda is a tour of Pottsgrove Manor followed by lunch at Grumpy’s Deli in downtown Pottstown. The cost of the four-hour tour is $15 but does not include lunch.
There is limited space so call (484) 945-0200 for more information and to register. You must register in advance!
Sounds like a cool morning so don’t delay. Call and make your reservations today!
Wings of Victory Outreach Corp. Presents:
2nd Annual Race to Shelter the Homeless
Money raised will benefit our program for homeless women.
5K Run (3.1 miles) & 1 Mile Fun Walk
DATE: Saturday, June 18, 2011 – 8:30 A.M.
Moms/Dads with Strollers Welcome
COST: Minimum donation of $30 required
to receive a tee-shirt.
See details and print registration form at www.WingsofVictoryOutreach.org
Donations may also be made on line.
A few years ago, I remember a Mercury article with artist renderings and a map of John Potts Park which was to be created here in Pottstown. The park was going to connect Memorial Park with the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail. I believe it also would include the Carousel and MCCC West campus as well.
The recent availability of funds for the Promenade is one more step in this direction. The more projects like this we can get completed the more attractive Pottstown will become. The new intermodal transportation center, the Mrs. Smith’s Foil project, the Reconnections project with North Coventry, Riverfront Park, MCCC West’s new parking lot and rehabilitation of the old PECO building into an environmental center, the Carousel and eventually John Potts Park are going to be a crown jewel for Pottstown.
I have a visual in my head of all this and look forward to the day when it becomes a reality. The pieces are falling into place. If we are patient long enough, good things happen.