Heaved eons since worn down , Appalachian
Mountain's run off turbulently tumbled ,
Carving through time our green river valley .
We , stewards of the Schuylkill , are humbled .
Past arching trees pristine , clear waters flowed
Drawing the Lenape , Swede , new settlers west .
Toward headwaters brave adventures rowed
Not timid weak , only the strong , the best .
Sordid history records what man built :
A canal for commerce , beds for railroads ,
Dams and bridges , mined coal with silt .
Into the river he dumped waste loads .
Seasons change pulsating Schuylkill's rise and fall .
Vital signs show acts of thoughtless man ,
Who then found enlightenment , best be his call :
With a dream , fine players , a well drawn plan .
MacHarg set the acorn
In Ferdinand's thought dream
So Victor could nurture
The seedling to a scheme
Drawn east from Montana
The Swensons create the team .
A trail to hike or bike
Through greenways sun or rain
By a hidden river
With scenic in its name
Heritage fame its claim .
The Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area - The Mission -
Fidelity Is Our Aim .
Ronald C. Downie
Ian MacHarg -an early naturalist who advocated for lineal walking trails be
developed along the banks of water ways
Ferdinand Thun - founder/ funder of The Schuylkill River Greenway Association .
A Berks County industrialist , Berkshire Hosiery , Mr. Thun 's interest in the
MacHarg doctrine energized many Berks Countians to join him in a trails adventure.
Victor Yarnell- former State Legislator and former Mayor Of Reading assumed the roll of The first Executive Director of the newly formed Schuylkill River Greenway Association .
Keith and Dixie Swenson returned back east from Montana to assume leadership
Of the association : Dixie became Executive Director , Keith , lead planer . They
Moved the organization from Berks County to Pottstown , Montgomery County ,
the geographic midpoint of the Schuylkill River, and expanded the roll of the
SRGA to that of one encompassing the entire length of the river from headwaters
To where it empties into the Delaware River at Philadelphia .
Kurt Zwikl- Kurt was chosen Executive Director when the Swensons left the
Organization to return out west .