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Come Help Clean Up Frankford Creek with TTF!

On May 31 from 9AM-1PM the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership will be running a cleanup effort in Frankford Creek! The cleanup will take place at Hunting Park and O Street in Philadelphia

The Frankford Creek greenway will connect Tacony Creek Park's new trail to the Port Richmond Trail, and in preparation for this new community asset, TTF is partnering with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the Greenbelt Overhaul Alliance of Levittown, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia Water Department, and PPR to clean up a large illegal dump site. TTF will provide the dumpsters and equopment, you provide the elbow grease and enthusiasm! Because of the physical nature of this project and the materials we will be moving, all volunteers must be age 16 and up. Please wear closed toe shoes and long pants and be prepared to work!

Sign up for the Third Annual Cynwyd Trail Trot 5K

Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail will be holding their third annual Trail Trot 5K Community Run on Sunday, June 1st on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail! The race will raise money to help support improvements to the trail. Information on the event is listed below:

Time:  Check in is at 8:00a. Race starts at 9:00a.

Location: Barmouth Station Trailhead (end of Levering Mill Rd after crossing Belmont Ave)

Parking: Barmouth Station Trailhead, Bala Cynwyd Playground, and Cynwyd Train Station

Awards: Male and Female Overall, plus six age groups including 18 & under; all runners receive a T-SHIRT before! Water on the course and a postrun snack for all runners, too.

Price: $25 online before May 31, $30 day-of event

Contact: , Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

Register online.

Contact us at  or visit our website at for more details.

Celebrate National Trail Month with a trail ride hosted by PEC!

In celebration of National Trail Month, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will be hosting several guided trail rides during the month of June. Tickets for each event range from $10 to $18, depending on the particular event and time of purchase, and include a post-ride lunch. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Sunday June 8, 2014, 8:30 AM to 1 PM: Cooper River Trail Ride

Saturday, June 14, 2014, 10 AM to 2 PM: Schuylkill River Trail Ride

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 8:30 AM to 2 PM: 202 Parkway Trail Ride

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10 AM to 1 PM: Cobbs Creek Trail Walk (on foot)

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Friends of Cynwyd Trail and Lankenau Medical Center Partnering to Launch Trail Tuesdays Health Seminars

Beginning May 20, on each third Tuesday of the month through October, the Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail will again co-sponsor a popular series of health related seminars with LankenauMedical Center, Mainline Health.  The seminars will occur at the Barmouth Station Trailhead. The dates, times, and themes of the Trail Tuesday events are as follows:

May 20 – 12p:  Ready, Set, Stretch!
June 17 – 12p:  Fuel Your Drive; nutrition and hydration
July 15- 12p:  Don’t Get Burned; sun safety
Aug 19- 12p:  Getting up to Speed; injury prevention
Sept 16- 5p:  Breathe Easier; Your allergy action plan
October 21, 12p:  If the Shoe Fits; proper footwear

Contact us at  or visit our website at for more details.

Come Celebrate Another New Circuit Section at the Chester Valley Trail Phase II Grand Opening

Four months after completion, the Chester Valley Board of Commissioners and the Friends of the Chester Valley Trail will be celebrating the Grand Opening of Phase II of the Chester Valley Trail on MondayMay 5th at 5 PM at 1055 Westlakes Drive in BerwynThe opneing will include a trail preview, remarks by the Chester County Commissioners and other guests, and an official ribbon cutting.

The trail now extends from the Valley Forge/King of Prussia area all the way to Exton. Future phases of the trail will continue to extend the trail eastwards towards Norristown and westwards towards Downington, providing a vital multi-use artery through the heart of Chester County.

If interested in attending, RSVP by Thursday, May 1st to the Chester County Commissioners Office ([email protected]; 610-344-6100)

See the attached flyer for more details.

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Upcoming Trail Workdays on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail

Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail together with Lower merion Township will be coming together to sponsor sponsor a series of Trail Workdays to beautify and maintain the Cynwyd Trail, which runs from Cynwyd Station to the Manayunk Bridge in Lower Merion Township. Tools, supplies, gloves and refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Come out and enjoy!

Workdays will be held on the following Saturdays, meeting at 8:30 AM at the Barmouth Station Trailhead in Bala Cynwyd:

May 3

May 10

June 21 

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, contact the Friends at .

NOTE: Signing the Lower Merion Township Waiver is required for this event. Electronic and print versions of the waiver can be found here: LMT Volunteer Waiver (print version); LMT Volunteer Waiver (electronic signup).

Get Involved on LOVE Your Park Week's Kickoff Service Day

Do you live in Philadelphia and are you interested in getting involved in your community? The Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation (PPR) stewards over 10,200 acres of land throughout the city, from local neighborhood parks to diverse natural areas that serve as animal habitats for the region.

On Saturday, May 10th, PPR will celebrate LOVE Your Park Week with a kickoff service day in parks all over Philadelphia! Parks citywide will be out in full force to clean, green, and beautify their neighborhood space. This effort depends on thousands of volunteers (like you!) who want to pitch in to make a difference. Large or small groups and individuals are welcome!

Several Circuit Coalition member groups will be leading events to help clean up our parks and are looking for volunteers:

Bird Walk and Cleanup/Planting in Tacony Creek Park (7:45 AM Bird Watch, 10 AM Service, Meet at I Street and Ramona Ave.): Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) is is hosting a FREE walk to look for birds residing in Philadelphia. Donuts, coffee, and binoculars will be provided. After the stroll through the park, TTF will be leading cleanup and planting in the park in honor of LOVE Your Park Week.

Lardner's Point Park Planting/Cleanup Day (10 AM-2 PM, Corner of Milnor and Levick): The Delaware River City Corporation will be celebrating LOVE Your Park Week by organizing a cleanup and planting in Lardner's Point Park! All planting/cleanup tools will be provided, as well as snacks, water and coffee. Bring yourself and be ready to WORK!

Cynwyd Trail Workday (Meet at 8:30 AM, Barmouth Station Trailhead, Bala Cynwyd): Together Lower Merion Township and the Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail sponsor the Trail Workdays to join together to beautify and maintain the Trail. Tools, supplies, gloves and refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Come out and enjoy! For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, contact the Friends at . NOTE: Signing the Lower Merion Township Waiver is required for this event. Electronic and print versions of the waiver can be found here: LMT Volunteer Waiver (print version); LMT Volunteer Waiver (electronic signup).

For more information on LOVE Your Park Week and more service opportunities visit

Update on Betzwood Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail Project

Almost 25 years after the closure of the Old Betzwood Bridge , the long-awaited Betzwood Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail Project has taken a step closer to fruition.

J.D. Eckman Inc. has won the construction bid that was put out back in December 5th, 2013 and Notice to Proceed with construction was issued to the contractor on February 3rd, 2014. Construction is expected to begin within the next few months.

The new bridge, which will be named Sullivan's Bridge after Revolutionary War Major General John Sullivan, will be for bicycles and pedestrians only, and is currently on track to be completed by late spring 2016. In addition to the bicycle/pedestrian trail bridge, the project includes the replacement of the Trooper Road Bridge over the Schuykill River Trail and replacement of the superstructure of the bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad Line, as well as improving the roadway and trail approaches to each of the bridges. 

Pedestrian and bicycle access between Betzwood and Valley Forge was interrupted in 1991 when the Old Betzwood Bridge, which was constructed in 1777, was closed due to structural issues. The new bridge will restore an important link in The Circuit, connecting the Schuykill River Trail to the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail and providing access from communities in Montgomery County to Valley Forge National Historic Park and the many offices of the Valley Forge-King of Prussia area.

See the attached file for a diagram of the bridge project.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Northeast Regional Office now accepting applications for the Trail Assistance Mini-Grant Program in Pennsylvania

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Northeast Regional Office is now accepting applications for the Trail Assistance Mini-Grant Program in Pennsylvania. 

With funds provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, RTC is able to distribute a small amount of match funding to rail-trail projects in Pennsylvania. 

Grant awards average $5,000 or less, with a maximum of $10,000. All projects require a 50 percent (of the total project cost) match from the applicant. 

The application deadline for 2014 is Feb. 28, 2014, and awards will be announced March 25, 2014. 

The mini-grant program managed by RTC can assist trail organizations or municipalities that need to make small repairs and improvements to their trail outside of the regular PA DCNR grant schedule, and well below the higher-dollar amounts usually requested on major grants. 

Improvements completed through this program should represent added value to the trail either by increasing the existing length or by way of new construction that makes the trail more usable. Examples of likely projects include bridge decking, culverts, gates/bollards, bridge inspection, landscaping, signage, toilet facilities, trailhead improvements and way-finding signs. Purchase of a major piece of equipment may be considered. 

Guidelines for the program, along with a list of projects previously funded, is available on the RTC website

Please contact Patricia Tomes directly (717.238.1717 or ) with any questions regarding the eligibility of your project. 

MontCo Closes Segment of Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown

A half mile of the Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown was closed this week for two or three months. We received a press release (see below) announcing the closure, which is due to the Lafayette Street extension construction project. The closure runs from Ford Street to Ross Street in Norristown.

Montgomery County officials told the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia that liability concerns are preventing them from establishing a detour route. BCGP offered these following recommendations:

1) Install "Bicycles May Use Full Lane" signs on Main Street, to make motorists aware of bicyclists using the road.
2) Put a map of of the closure and adjoining roads on the signs that will be posted at both ends of the closure to allow bicyclists to know where they can get back on the trail.
3) Place a phone number or email address on the sign for bicyclists and pedestrians to report incidents. 

Thus far, we have have been told by Montco officials that they are considering our recommendations.


Short segment of Schuylkill River Trail to close temporarily on January 27

Norristown, PA (January 21, 2013) – A half-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail will be closed temporarily to all traffic beginning on January 27. The closure is expected to last until spring.

The closure of the trail from Ford Street to Ross Street in Norristown is due to necessary construction that needs to be done as part of the Lafayette Street extension project. The trail had temporarily been relocated after construction began last year, but the scope of the work no longer makes keeping that open feasible or safe.

The closure of the trail will expedite the construction in that area and allow the permanent trail to be re-opened as soon as possible.

For updates on the trail closure, and for updates on the Lafayette Street project, please go to these web links:

Trail Alerts:

Lafayette Street Extension Project:


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DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program 2014 Open Grant Announced

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR)'s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation has announced that the Community Conservation Partnerships Program 2014 Open Grant Application Period will be running from January 15th, 2014 to April 16th, 2014. This grant is available for projects that advance local recreation and conservation priorities and implement the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2009-2013.

For more information about the DCNR Grant and to apply, click here or see the attached flyer.

The DCNR will be holding six FREE workshops with the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society around the state to provide further information on the grant and its application process. The Delaware Valley-area workshop will be held on February 6th, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon at the following address:

Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus: Fire Academy

1175 Conshohocken Road

Conshohocken, PA 19428

You must register online for a workshop at in order to attend. Please register no less than one week prior to the date of the workshop you are planning to attend. For more information on the workshops, go to or see the attached flyer.

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Great News for the Pencoyd Trail and Bridge!

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The approval process for the Pencoyd Trail and Bridge is moving allow smoothly. On Monday night the Lower Merion Planning Commission gave O'Neill Properties approval for their Tentative Sketch recommendation. Next week O'Neill will appear before the Building and Planning Committee for tentative Sketch approval. 

Just to recap: O’Neill Properties plans to develop 569 apartments along the Schuylkill River in Lower Merion. As part of their deal with Lower Merion Township, O'Neill will refurbish the old railway bridge and extend the Pencoyd Trail along their property. The first phase of construction will include construction of an 8’ pedestrian outrigger on the Pencoyd Bridge from Philadelphia to Lower Merion, construction of a .75 mile long, 14’ wide multi-purpose trail along the waterfront, and construction of 2 large public gathering space/plazas at the base of the bridges at either end of the site. The western end of the site will include a 9,000 sq. ft landscaped plaza overlooking Venice island.

O'Neill will also contribute approximately $550,000 as the project is being built, money which will be used to build a connection between his property and the Cynwyd Trail through the Township-owned Connelly property.

This segment is an important connection to the Schuylkill River Trail. It will help facilitate a loop from the Pencoyd Bridge on Main Street (Manayunk) over to Lower Merion Township, up to the Cynwyd Trail, over the Manayunk Bridge and back to Main Street. Congratulations to Lower Merion Township for closing this important trail gap!

Rails-to-Trails in Middletown (Delco Times/DNN)

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Middletown Township businesses get update on Rails to Trails project (DNN)

The Chester Creek Rails-to-Trails project is on track, with construction expected to begin before the end of the year. That was what Mike Fusco of Aston, president of Friends of Chester Creek Branch, told the Middletown Township Business and Professional Association when it met for lunch recently at the Riddle Ale House.

In his PowerPoint update, Fusco presented background information on the non-profit Friends group that was founded in 1997. Run by a volunteer board of directors, its mission is to convert the abandoned Chester Creek branch rail line through parts of Middletown and Aston into a trail. His efforts of more than two decades, and those of the Friends, finally were successful in 2012. That’s when Middletown Council unanimously approved, with some conditions, a land development plan for the project.

That was the necessary first step in a project to convert 2.8 miles of an unused SEPTA rail line, from Creek Road to Lenni Road, into a 10-foot-wide paved trail for walking, jogging and biking (no motorized use) for the community. Aston Council has approved the section traversing its township.

Fusco said it’s taken much longer than anticipated to get the trail underway, noting there are more than 250 pages of plans for the project. He said it’s being developed in three phases. Engineering studies have been completed for the first phase.

“We’re crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s on the final agreements for Phase One,” he said, adding that bids for construction of the initial phase are expected to go out soon and construction should begin later this year.

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Middletown OKs signal at Lungren Road (Delco Times)

The Rails-to-Trails project of the Friends of Chester Creek Branch continues to move along, with council’s unanimous approval of the Friends’ application to PennDOT for a pedestrian signal at Lungren Road.

Mike Fusco of Aston, president of the nonprofit Friends group, came before council with Louis Hufnagle of the county planning department to ask for the township’s support of the proposed traffic light.

“The Friends cannot take ownership of the light,” said Fusco. “It has to be a government entity.”

He noted there would be no electricity usage cost to the township, since the flashing light would have a solar-powered motion sensor. However, Middletown would be responsible for maintaining the light, just as with other crossing lights in the township.

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Chester Valley Trail in Tredyffrin ahead of schedule but parking an issue (Main Line Suburban Life)

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Tredyffrin residents should be able to walk, jog or cycle their township’s section of the Chester Valley Trail as early as Labor Day.

Construction of Phase 2 of the trail will likely be finished this summer, three months ahead of the November construction deadline, according to Owen Prusack, Chester County Parks Superintendent.

Prusack presented a CVT update to more than 100 people at Wednesday night’s annual meeting of the Open Lands Conservancy of Chester County.

The paved trail is 65 percent finished, he said.

But the picture isn’t totally rosy.

The public will be able to hop on the trail at multiple points but only if they come on foot or bicycle. Those driving to the CVT won’t have it so easy.

“Access isn’t an issue; parking is,” admitted Prusack.

The local section of trail only has two dedicated parking lots – and neither is in Tredyffrin, one at the Warner Road Trailhead in King of Prussia and the other at the Church Farm Trailhead in Exton. (The County plans to double the parking capacity in Exton to 88 spaces by the end of 2013.)

While parks officials have had informal talks with Tredyffrin businesses adjacent to the trail along Swedesford Road, so far none have been willing to allow public trail parking on their lots, Prusack said. The Old Forge Crossing condominium complex has also been approached about providing direct access to the trail, but an agreement has not been reached, he said.

According to Prusack, parks department officials are also working with Tredyffrin Township on the parking issue. Both have decided to take a wait-and-see attitude in the hope that residents will lead the push for more convenient trail parking, he said.

A federal, county and local initiative, the Chester Valley Trail will extend from Exton to the Schuylkill River Trail, making it possible for cyclists to ride into Philadelphia from Tredyffrin and Great Valley. Chester County's portion of the trail roughly parallels Route 30 in its western section and Route 202 in the east. Plans call for the western section of the trail to link Exton to Downingtown.

Outdoor enthusiasts will have to wait a few more years for the CVT to connect to the Schuylkill River Trail however.

Montgomery Township officials are awaiting final engineering studies of the route before construction can begin. Current plans call for the township's section to stretch from S. Warner Road to DeKalb Street in Norristown by way of S. Gulph Road, Henderson Rd., Saulin Boulevard, and DeKalb Pike, said David Clifford, Open Space Planner for the Montgomery County Planning Commission.

"I expect construction to be finished in a year-and-a-half to two years. We're a little behind schedule because of all the dense development in Upper Merion Township, especially around the King of Prussia mall area," he said. With so many office parks clustered in Great Valley Tredyffrin and King of Prussia, both Chester and Montgomery counties expect commuters as well as recreational users to take advantage of the CVT.

A study is also underway to explore ways to link the CVT and the Paoli Train Station, said Molly Duffy, program manager for the Transportation Management Association of Chester County. Such a connection would encourage commuters to cycle or walk to work, thereby easing traffic congestion on Route 30 in Paoli from some 30,000 Great Valley and Vanguard employees, she said.

Chester County's portion of the trail is being built in four stages.

Phase 1 opened in 2010 and runs five miles from the Main Street at Exton shopping complex to the Uptown Worthington development on Route 29 in East Whiteland.

Currently under construction, Phase 2 will extend another seven-and-a-half miles from the Malvern Wegmans at Route 29 to the King of Prussia Wegmans near the Warner Road Trailhead.

Most but not all of the CVT was constructed over the former Chester Valley Railroad, abandoned since 1993.

Two of the trail’s pedestrian bridges in Tredyffrin have yet to be built: one at Valley Forge Road and the other at North Valley Road. Construction on both, which will involve road closures over a four-day weekend, will be scheduled between June 15 and July 31 when schools are closed, said Prusack.

The trail will be maintained and patrolled by Chester County park rangers on foot, on bicycle, and on tractor-like “gator” vehicles, also known as XUVs. The County’s emergency, maintenance and patrol vehicles have obtained permission to park at two sites adjacent to the trail: D’Ambrosio Park on Tory Hollow Road in Berwyn and Penn Medicine at Valley Forge near Chesterbrook.

The trail is open to country skiers, cyclists, in-line skaters and the handicapped operating battery-powered wheelchairs. Motorcycles, mopeds, skateboards, snowmobiles and motorized scooters are prohibited.

While the trail remains closed during construction and “No Trespassing” signs are clearly posted, several outdoor enthusiasts at the Open Lands Conservancy meeting admitted to already cycling, jogging and walking their dogs on completed portions.

Residents using the trail before it officially opens should be prepared for park rangers to stop them and “politely explain the situation,” Prusack said.

The public may be impatient to get on the trail, but the project has progressed relatively quickly, especially for an interagency government enterprise, Prusack told the Open Lands crowd. “When you think we took full ownership in 1996 and we will have constructed 12 miles of regional trails by the end of 2013, believe it or not, that’s the speed of light us,” he said.

Middletown Council Unanimously Approves Rails-to-Trails Project (Delco News Network)

the Rails-to-Trails project of the Friends of Chester Creek Branch continues to move along, with council’s unanimous approval of the Friends’ application to PennDOT for a pedestrian signal at Lungren Road.

Mike Fusco of Aston, president of the non-profit Friends group, came before council with Louis Hufnagle of the county Planning Department to ask for the township’s support of the proposed traffic light.

“The Friends cannot take ownership of the light,” said Fusco. “It has to be a government entity.”

He noted there would be no electricity usage cost to the township, since the flashing light would have a solar-powered motion sensor. However, Middletown would be responsible for maintaining the light, just as with other crossing lights in the township.

For more than 17 years, Fusco has pursued the possibility of converting 2.8 miles of an abandoned SEPTA rail line, from Creek Road to Lenni Road in Middletown, into a ten-foot-wide paved trail for public use. The trail will run through part of Aston, which has approved a plan for that portion of the trail.

In January 2012, Middletown Council approved, with some conditions, a land development plan for the project. Fusco had hoped it would get underway this spring, but securing permits has taken longer than anticipated. Council Member Norman Shropshire said that considering all the time that’s been donated to the project, he and his colleagues should do all they can to make the trail a reality.

“Thank you so much for your time and effort,” he said to Fusco, following the vote.

Cynwyd Trail Trot (Main Line Times)

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The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail held the second annual 5K Run on Saturday and hundreds of runners turned out for the event on a damp cloudy morning.

Awards were given according to six different age groups, including 18 and under, and for the first male and female finishers. Money raised are going to upkeep and maintance of the trail.

Celebrating the Manayunk Fit Fest and Walk The Wall

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Representatives of The Circuit will be attending the Manayunk Fit Fest and Walk The Wall all day on Saturday, June 1st. 

We will be represented at the Walk The Wall tent in the Levering Street Lot and would love for you and your family to stop by and  join us!

So what is Walk The Wall?  Challenge yourself to walk the course of the infamous Manayunk Wall that will be tackled by professional cyclists on Sunday, June 2nd during the Philadelphia Cycling Classic!  To participate, we ask each person to donate $15 to the BCGP or split your donation amongst the four benefitting Manayunk-Roxborough community organizations!

The event is graciously sponsored by Fairmount Behavioral Health System.

Sign up in advance to “walk The Wall” online here:

Visit for more details on the event and we’ll see you June 1st!

Spring Garden Connector Street Public Meeting