Johnstown, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined Johnstown and Cambria County officials on a walking tour of a proposed section of the Path of the Flood Trail/September 11th National Memorial Trail. She touted Restore Pennsylvania as a means of extending trails throughout Pennsylvania.
"Both the Path of the Flood Trail and September 11th National Memorial Trail share much in common; they are learning tools, serving as benchmarks in our state's history," Dunn said. "Development and expansion of these efforts require multi-pronged, concerted efforts to succeed. They also need the sustained financing that only Restore Pennsylvania can provide."
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.
Walking an area off Route 271, Dunn, civic and trail leaders traced a proposed trail connection from the existing Path of the Flood Trail into downtown Johnstown. The trail project would be implemented as part of the Johnstown Connectivity Study, which includes the September 11th National Memorial Trail. The group discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help with Johnstown trail projects.
"We're excited to have the opportunity to showcase our efforts to bring the September 11th National Memorial Trail through Johnstown and recreate Johnstown's image as a 'mountain town' with outstanding recreation in our surrounding hills," said Brad Clemenson, Lift Johnstown Coordinator and September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance Board Member. "Cindy Dunn is a visionary leader in her efforts to create a world-class network of trails across Pennsylvania, including the 9/11 Trail. To achieve these dynamic goals, we need additional resources, and Restore Pennsylvania can be extremely helpful in developing the major trails and our local trail sections."
A cost of approximately $34 million is projected to complete various proposed trail projects and downtown Johnstown connections.
DCNR has provided funding and technical assistance to support community recreation and conservation initiatives, develop park and trail facilities, bolster economic development, and improve quality of life throughout the Johnstown area. The Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority and many other partners have been working to implement the Johnstown Connectivity Study and build the September 11th National Memorial Trail through Johnstown.
To date, the study has received investments of $30,000 grant from DCNR and a $170,000 grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development.
Learn more about the Restore Pennsylvania plan.
MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, DCNR, 717-705-2225