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03/26/2019

Wolf Administration Tours Potential Trail Connector in Williamsport; Discusses How Restore Pennsylvania Could Address Infrastructure Needs

Williamsport, PA - Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Secretary John Norbeck and other officials visited Susquehanna State Park to learn about a potential trail connector project in Williamsport, and discuss how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could aid in the closure of major trail gaps in the commonwealth.

"The vision is a trail that will connect the 20-acre riverfront Susquehanna State Park to local parks along the Lycoming Creek Bikeway, the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology, and on to the Susquehanna riverwalk," Norbeck said. "Trail gaps are a top priority and closing them requires the type of financial commitment Restore Pennsylvania can provide."

The section of the Susquehanna Greenway is one of Pennsylvania's Top Ten Trail Gaps. Closing the gap entails three miles of trail and a pedestrian bridge.

Restore Pennsylvania will provide significant new funding to enable new environmental projects and new recreational opportunities across the state, including infrastructure and maintenance in state parks, creation and revitalization of new local parks, and funding for new hiking, biking, and ATV trail projects.

"With more than 5,500 students and 900 full-time faculty and staff at Penn College, we view the Riverwalk as a true asset for myriad reasons," said Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour.  "One of its greatest values to our College is as a tool for enrollment marketing, as an extension of campus life in our beautiful river valley; therefore, we further support plans that offer improved accessibility to the riverwalk."

The Susquehanna Greenway is a 500-mile stretch of parks, trails, river access points and revitalized towns along the Susquehanna River.

Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth's vital infrastructure needs.

Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.

To learn more, view the full Restore Pennsylvania plan (PDF).

MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-705-2225

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