During the month of October, the Circuit Coalition, PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR), and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) will host workshops in Chester, Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The purpose of the workshops is to provide updates on Circuit Trail development in each County, discuss a range of current and on-going funding sources, and look at ways to further develop Circuit trails currently in the pipeline. Each Circuit Trails Workshops will be held from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm on the designated day in each of the five counties.
These workshops will follow separate information sessions on the Transportation Alternatives Program (to be held from 2-3:30pm), which DVRPC and Pennsylvania Dept of Transportation will host to explain the upcoming competitive funding cycle for the TAP.
Registration for both the Circuit Trails Workshops and the TAP Information Sessions can be completed with the links below. You can register for either the information session or the workshop or both. There is no charge for either event.
Tuesday, October 20th – Philadelphia County
DVRPC Main Conference Room
190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Thursday, October 22nd – Delaware County
Media Courthouse – DelCo Room
201 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063
Monday, October 26th – Bucks County
Bucks County Planning Commission – 4th Floor Conference Room
1260 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA 18901
Tuesday, October 27th – Chester County
Chester County Planning Commission – GSC Room 149
601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19382
Wednesday, October 28th – Montgomery County
Montgomery County Planning Commission – Montgomery Room
One Montgomery Plaza Building Suite 202
425 Swede Street, Norristown, PA 19401
Five years after Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Recreation Plan was written, recreation interests and trends may be different. Is walking still Pennsylvanians favorite outdoor activity? Do people still want trails and on-road bike lanes? State agencies are working with experts across the state to develop the next Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (2014-18), which will help to guide future recreation investments, policies and facilities.
A new plan is required every five years in order for Pennsylvania to qualify for federal Land and Water Conservation funding. Citizen feedback is an important component to building the goals of the plan. In addition to a scientifically conducted survey earlier this year by Penn State and a survey of recreation providers currently being developed, a general online survey is now open for Pennsylvanians wanting to share their opinions about outdoor recreation. The survey is completely confidential and will just take a few minutes athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/paoutdoorrec.
After feedback from all three surveys is analyzed, a draft plan will be written in late summer and will be available for review and comment on the plan’s website. Feedback sessions will allow citizens, providers and interested stakeholders to give their input before a final document is presented to the National Park Service later this year. Make sure your voice is heard by taking the survey. Learn more at www.paoutdoorrecplan.com .