Historically, Conshohocken’s riverfront has been dominated by big industry. But since redevelopment began, it has been slowly transformed into a destination for office buildings, upscale apartments and condos, and recreation.
What started with a trail system has grown to include a dog park and the new Conshohocken Rowing Center. Set to open in the spring, the rowing center is the result of a partnership between the Borough of Conshohocken, Malvern Prep and the Haverford School. The borough is introducing a community rowing program this year.
The new facility complements the existing Hines Rowing Center, located just down river across the Whitemarsh border. Hines is home to the Whitemarsh Boat Club and a handful of high school and collegiate programs. And there are plans to expand the facility.
Just off the riverfront, the Schuylkill River Trail has always been known as a place for cyclists and runners. Now, it’s also becoming a home for small businesses catering to those using the trail. Last year, Conshohocken Brewing Company opened its doors, offering a deck overlooking the trail. The Outbound Station café has been open since 2012, and Riverbend Cycles bike shop and café is planning to open along the trail this spring.
There’s also a grassroots effort to get more people on the trail. Last year, the Conshohocken Running Club was formed and has already grown to over 700 members. With members of all levels, the club meets every Thursday evening for a group run, and on Sundays for a morning run followed by brunch.
So, if you are active, or want to get active, Conshohocken’s riverfront offers a lot of opportunities.