by Nicole Rutkowski, Communications Intern
People are drawn to the beauty of the Schuylkill River for various reasons. The river offers recreation, history, art and nature, to name a few. It is just a hop and skip down the road from the Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus in Pottstown, and it snakes its way through Chester, Berks and Philadelphia counties.
The Schuylkill River plays an important role in Pottstown’s history, and its beauty is celebrated by nature enthusiasts and artists alike.
“The River is a resource of beauty, with the change throughout the seasons make it exciting to live by and offers opportunities for outdoor activities, and people need those,” said Patrick Winston an Art professor at the College’s West Campus.
In fact, the Schuylkill River is so inspirational that people annually sketch, paint and photograph an entire art show to commemorate it. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area’s “Scenes of the Schuylkill” is on display each fall in the College’s West Campus Art Gallery.
Riverfront Park, which sits proudly between the Borough of Pottstown and North Coventry Township, is the heart for river-related activities in the greater Pottstown region.
This year, the College and community hosted the fifth annual Schuylkill River Festival, where local business and groups set up their tents and came together to celebrate the river. The festival offers live music, education about the river, food, and a day for the community of Pottstown to come together and experience the opportunities the river offers.
“The Schuylkill River unifies the community,” said Carousel at Pottstown member Bev Reber during the festival.
Many people take advantage of the free bikes offered by Bike Pottstown. The rules are easy; you have to be sixteen years of age and have a valid driver’s license. Then, simply leave your I.D. and take a bike. Bike Pottstown gives people the chance to enjoy the river without the hassle of transporting their own bikes. In addition to biking, the river gives the public a place to go for hiking, fishing, and various types of exercise together as a community.
To check out all you can do at the river visit www.schuylkillriver.org/Things_Do.aspx.
The Schuylkill River gives many people an escape from their busy lives. If it is either taking a mid day leisurely walks, to a lengthy bike ride, the river has many benefits. So, come down and walk the Schuylkill trail!