Worshop Features Trail Connectivity

Sixty-five trail advocates, planners and municipal representatives turned out for "Beyond Borders: A Regional Trail Network Emerges"  held on April 19 at the Riegelsville Borough Hall.

Keynote speaker Bob Thomas of Campbell Thomas & Co. inspired the audience with his wit and historic perspective about trail planning in Pennsylvania. Andy Johnson, who is Program Officer for Environment and Communities at the William Penn Foundation provided an overview of the Regional Multi-use Trails Network that is evolving between Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley.

The workshop also featured presentations about trail building at the municipal level and trail advocacy in a 'tough economic climate.' On the later topic Tom Gettings urged new partnerships with health care providers like the alliance forged between Wildlands Conservancy and the Lehigh Valley Health Network to get people out on local trails.

"Trails are the new parks," said Gettings, who also spoke about the rising demand for easy access to trails as people search for an answer to the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of the nation's youth and workforce.

"Beyond Borders" was held at Riegelsville's Historic Borough Hall

AMC co-produced the "Beyond Borders" workshop in partnership with the D&L National Heritage Corridor to raise awareness about the emerging network of trails, and highlight opportunities for organizations and municipalities to tie-in with some of the regional 'spines' such as the D&L Trail and PA Highlands Trail Network.

Trail planners and advocates have another regional trail meeting to look forward to with the planned Eastern PA Greenways and Trails Summit to be held September 19 & 20 at DeSales University.

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