With the award of a project grant from REI Pittsburgh, Hollow Oak Land Trust is working to install over 400 feet of new boardwalk along the Meeks Run Trail. This boardwalk is designed to help trail users stay high and dry, while allowing the wet terrain along Meeks Run to revegetate and serve as more productive wildlife habitat.
At two recent Monday Trail Luv sessions, volunteers have built over 300 feet of boardwalk with just over 100 feet to go. For more info on getting involved in this project, please visit the Hollow Oak Facebook page or email [email protected]
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) recently announced a new round of funding for trails in the Philadelphia region.
Notably, DVRPC approved funding for Upper Darby Township to design two bridges over Darby Creek. One of the bridges will cross the creek at a lovely spot where the image above was taken.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia gushed in the past about how great the Darby Creek Trail is, and what a great potential it has for connecting lower-income communities to recreation and transportation. This is why the Coalition met with Mayor Micozzie and senior staff from Upper Darby Township to encourage them to apply for Regional Trails Program funding. The Coalition applauds Upper Darby Township for not only meeting with representatives from it, but for making significant changes in the trail alignment to maintain a fully accessible trail. These changes necessitated two creek crossings (at considerable additional cost), but also allowed for making better connections to the Township’s open spaces on each side of the creek.
There were several other notable awardees, including:
- Cobbs Creek Connector in Philadelphia, the second highest scoring Circuit trail in terms of community impact
- Parkside Cynwyd Trail in Philadelphia, which will connect to the Cynwyd Trail extension across City Line
- Tookany Creek Trail in Cheltenham
- Road crossing improvements to the Chester Valley Trail
- Two projects on the Lawrence Hopewell Trail in Mercer County, NJ
This article was originally published on the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s blog on March 28, 2019.
On May 2, the York County Rail Trail Authority, in partnership with York County and York County Department of Parks and Recreation, invites all rail-trail enthusiasts to attend the grand opening celebration for a new section of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park. The new section stretches from Route 30 to N. George Street and adds more miles to the popular trail that stretches from York to the Maryland state line. Walkers, runners, cyclists, bird watchers, and anyone else who enjoys the great outdoors is invited.
When: May 2, 2019 at 1 PM
Where: Smalls Athletic Field, 31 Hamilton Ave., York, PA 17401
The Philadelphia Trail Master Plan is the first of its kind in Philadelphia. Philadelphia2035 (the Philadelphia comprehensive plan) recommended that the plan should coordinate the planning and construction of trail systems. It inventories trails and prioritizes more than 60 proposed trail segments citywide. The implementation of the Philadelphia Trail Master Plan is an on-going coordinated effort between city agencies and nonprofit trail partners. The Philadelphia Trail Committee is the implementing body for the plan and meets quarterly to set city priorities, hear about new developments on trails citywide, rank applications for various trail funding programs, and guide the next steps and annual update for the plan. The 2019 annual update includes a prioritization list for proposed trail segments as well as for rehabilitation of existing trails.
The Northampton County Council is reviewing plans for a 35-mile trail from Portland to Walnutport. The trail, tentatively titled the “Northern Tier Trail,” would connect the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. Read more about the project in The Morning Call.