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DVRPC Approves $3.9 Million for Circuit Trails

On Thursday, September 26th, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Board approved 13 projects for funding from the final phase of the Regional Trail Program, which was created and funded by a $10 million grant from the William Penn Foundation.  

The Regional Trail Program aims to provide funding for targeted, priority trail design, construction and planning projects that will promote a truly connected, regional network of multi-use trails (the Circuit) with Philadelphia and Camden as its hub. 

Phase III of the program provided capital funding for trail design and construction projects. Approximately $4 million was available for Phase III grants. Individual grant awards are capped at $500,000 and all projects require a 20 percent match. A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued in March and 31 proposals were submitted by the deadline in mid-April. The proposals were evaluated by a Selection Committee composed of Foundation representatives, PennDOT and NJDOT, DVRPC staff, and regional trail funders and advocates.

Based on Committee review and subsequent follow-up, the following 13 projects were recommended for funding and approved on Thursday by the DVRPC Board.

  1. Kinkora Trail - Mansfield Community Park Connector – Burlington County, Department of Resource Conservation – Grant request: $500,000 Total project cost: $1,440,000
  2. Ben Franklin Bridge Walkway Bicycle and Pedestrian Ramp – DRPA – Grant request: $400,000 Total project cost: $3,600,000
  3. Lawrence Hopewell Trail Carter Road East and West – Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation – Grant request: $250,000 Total project cost: $625,000
  4. Route 13-Green Lane Trail Connector – Bucks County TMA – Grant request: $249,000 Total project cost: $917,679
  5. Neshaminy Creek Greenway Design and Engineering (Chalfont and New Britain) – Chalfont Borough – Grant request: $188,768 Total project cost: $235,960
  6. Phoenixville Schuylkill River Trail Phase 2 – Phoenixville Borough – Grant request: $365,000 Total project cost: $457,000
  7. Darby Creek Stream Valley Park Trail – Delaware County – Grant request: $500,000 Total project cost: $700,000
  8. Newtown Square Rail Trail (Haverford) – Haverford Township – Grant request: $340,000 Total project cost: $425,000
  9. Tookany Creek Trail - Phase III – Cheltenham Township – Grant request: $400,000 Total project cost: $500,000
  10. Lansdale Liberty Bell Trail – Lansdale Borough – Grant request: $160,840 Total project cost: $201,050
  11. Tacony/Holmesburg Gap Waterfront Trail Design and Engineering – DRCC – Grant request: $300,000 Total project cost: $500,000
  12. Manayunk Bridge Trail Construction Engineering Services – Philadelphia - MOTU – Grant request: $60,000 Total project cost: $3,060,000
  13. Cobbs Creek Connector Trail – Philadelphia Parks and Recreation – Grant request: $275,000 Total project cost: $595,000

Total grant request amount for all 13 Phase III projects is $3,988,608.  The total match amount is $9,318,081 and the total cost of all the projects is $13,306,149.

Phase III represents the final amount of funding available from this program.  Future funding depends on the DVRPC board.  This is why the Circuit Coalition currently is running the Circuit Committment campaign, seeking a decision from the DVRPC Board to replenish the fund with $10 Milion over a three year period. 

PA Highlands Trail Analysis Workshop In Milford

Cross posted from the Hike the Highlands Blog

Trail Analysis Workshop to discuss the conceptual trail routes of the PA Highlands Trail Network in the Quakertown area will be held on Tuesday, June 25 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Milford Township Municipal Building, located on 2100 Krammes Road, Quakertown, PA 18951.
Sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club and PA Highlands Trail Steering Committee, workshop participants will have an opportunity to review and comment on trail-route alternatives that are being identified and considered as part of the Quakertown Area Master Trails Plan. The study area includes Quakertown Borough and surrounding communities from the Bucks-Lehigh border to Perkasie-Sellersville, Nockamixon State Park, and the border of Bucks and Montgomery counties in Milford Township. Members of the public are welcome to participate. For more information about the PA Highlands Trail contact John Brunner at: [email protected]

Quakertown Area Master Trails Plan Meeting Set

The following article is taken from the Appalachian Mountain Club's Hike the Highlands Blog:

The Appalachian Mountain Club and PA Highlands Trail Steering Committee will host a public meeting on Monday, April 29 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Richland Township Municipal Building (1328 California Road, Quakertown, PA 18951). The purpose of the meeting is to gather input on the Quakertown Area Master Trails Plan study.

Residents, businesses and organizations interested in improving bicycle-pedestrian access are invited to come out and share ideas about how to create walking and bicycling trail connections between parks, schools, ball fields, housing developments and shopping areas.

Over the past few decades, municipalities in the Quakertown region have made great progress in providing local residents with parks and safe places to walk, bike and hike. A new effort to develop the PA Highlands Trail has helped focus attention on opportunities to connect both existing and planned local trails. This public meeting is part of a special planning effort to develop a ‘Quakertown Area Master Trails Plan’ -- which in addition to Quakertown -- will include several other townships and boroughs surrounding the borough.
Bob Thomas and Mike Szilagyi of Campbell Thomas & Co are bringing their expertise to help AMC and PHTN Steering Committee find alternative trail routes for the PA Highlands Trail and identify ways to facilitate non-motorized mobility in a variety of landscapes including rural, urban and suburban.

(Crossing Paths note: While much of the PA Highlands Trail is being planned primarily as a hiking trail the Quakertown Area Trails Master Plan will have a shared use path network component).