Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Tacony Creek Park using SEPTA?
The following Gateways can be accessed by bus:

  • I St & Ramona Ave Gateway – 89 bus (stops at I St & Hunting Park Ave)
  • Whitaker Ave Gateway – 75 bus (stops at Whitaker and Wyoming)
  • Rorer St Gateway – R bus, J bus
  • Bingham St Gateway- R bus, J bus
  • Tabor Rd Gateway- 26 bus
  • Rising Sun Ave Gateway- 18 bus, 26 bus
  • Adams Ave Gateway – K bus, 57 bus
  • Cheltenham Ave – 57 bus

Can I swim in the creek?
No, swimming is not permitted in Philadelphia creeks. After storms, bacteria levels in the water can be higher because of the City’s Combined Sewer System. Rainwater hitting the surrounding streets and paved surfaces makes its way into the creek, carrying with it whatever chemicals and trash it picked up along the way. During storms the creek can be especially dangerous and is prone to flooding very quickly.

Can I fish in the creek?
Yes, fishing is permitted with a Pennsylvania Fishing License. Eating the fish is not recommended, since the creek is prone to higher pollution and bacteria loads, especially after a storm.

How do I report poor or unsafe trail conditions (fallen trees/graffiti/ illegally dumped trash)?
Dial 311 or download the Philly311 app. This allows you to file a report which gets directly entered into the system. To help us keep track of and address issues or concerns in the park as quickly as possible, please follow up with a call to TTF Watershed, 215-744-1853.

In case of an emergency, call 911. Tell the operator which gateway you are nearest or the nearest intersection.

What is the number one cause of pollution in the creek?
Stormwater runoff
is the major source of water pollution. When it rains, motor oil, antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid from cars, and salt and sand from road treatment wash into storm drains that lead to streams and rivers, damaging our waterways. Polluted water from our streets floods our creeks, eroding stream banks, washing away natural stream habitats.

How can I help take care of Tacony Creek Park?
There are many ways that you can protect the creek from your own home:

  • Pick up litter so it doesn’t wash into drains and end up in our streams.
  • Make sure garbage and recycling bins are secure on trash day
  • Put dog waste in the trash, don’t leave it on the ground; don’t toss it down a stormdrain!
  • Bag or compost leaves or other yard waste
  • Minimize the use of road salt in the winter, and lawn fertilizer in the spring or summer
  • Use less single-use plastic products, instead bring your own reusable bags and water bottles

Become a Tacony Creek Park Keeper! Join us for volunteer cleanup days and other fun community events, and help spread the word about caring for this incredible neighborhood resource.

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