Kelly Drive

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Kelly Drive
Length 4 mi (6 km)
Location Philadelphia
West end Lincoln Drive / Ridge Avenue in Manayunk
US 13 (Girard Avenue) in Fairmount
East end Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval near the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sculpture of John B. Kelly, Sr., father of John B. Kelly, Jr. and Grace Kelly.

Kelly Drive, or more formally, John B. Kelly Drive, is a road that winds for 4 miles (6.4 km) along the Schuylkill River from Eakins Oval before the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the neighborhood of East Falls, Philadelphia, just south of Wissahickon Creek, where it connects with Lincoln Drive.

East River Drive[edit]

Formerly known as East River Drive, it was renamed "Kelly Drive" in the 1980s to honor John B. Kelly, Jr., a Philadelphia City Councilman,[1] Olympic rower, and the brother of Grace Kelly. Alongside Kelly Drive, a statue of Kelly's father, Olympic rower John B. Kelly, Sr., has been placed at the grandstand near the national racecourse finish line.[2] Along Kelly Drive is Boathouse Row, the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden, and a multi-use recreational trail that is part of Fairmount Park.

West River Drive[edit]

The former West River Drive, on the other side of the river, has been renamed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coordinates: 39°59′17″N 75°11′57″W / 39.98797°N 75.19925°W / 39.98797; -75.19925