Trail Improvement Plan: Saylor’s Grove

Current Projects // January 07, 2019

Friends of the Wissahickon, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, is planning trail and habitat improvements in the park located across from Saylors Grove along West Rittenhouse Street.

Historically, this area was a quarry providing stone for many homes in the city. Decades ago, it became a dumping area for construction material. Now there area has become re-vegetated with canopy trees and an understory of invasive shrubs.

Trail improvement plans include a short one-way loop trail with mountain bike features, along with tread stabilization and stormwater control elements for existing trails. Habitat improvements will include trash removal, phased invasive plant removal, soil improvements and revegetation with native species.

FOW staff will assist an enthusiastic group of volunteers to do the work using hand tools. We anticipate work to begin by early 2019 and proceed into the spring.

We look forward to working with community volunteers to improve this area of the park and hope you can join us.  If you’d like to volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shawn Green, at Should you have any questions about this project, please contact Director of Land Management, Peg Shaw at