Susquehanna Warrior Trail
The Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council (SWTC) is pleased to announce the completion of their recent trail construction project!
The project completed a section of trail and boardwalk through Spencer's Salvage Yard in Salem Township, and extended the trail from the Garden Drive-In in Plymouth Township, to a point across from the Flamingo Diner on U.S. Rt. 11, in the West Nanticoke section of Plymouth Township. A trail head was also developed from an existing parking area in Canal Park.
The Susquehanna Warrior Trail now stretches from the Riverlands in Salem Township to the Flamingo Diner area in West Nanticoke, paralleling Route 11 on the western side of the Susquehanna River. A small break in the trail remains in the area South of Shickshinny, when crossing the Mocanaqua Bridge. The trail is built on the former railroad bed of the Delaware Lehigh and Western Railroad, which is now owned by UGI Penn Natural Gas and SUNOCO for use as a utility right-of-way.
“We’re very excited to provide the public with additional trail for recreational opportunities such as hiking, running, and biking, or simply enjoying nature along the beautiful Susquehanna River,” states Sean Baker, Construction Project Leader for the SWTC.
The SWTC is extremely grateful to its grant sources which provided a total of $400,000 for the trail construction project. Grant sources included: $320,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; $40,000 from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund** of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, and $40,000 from the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund via a unanimous vote by the Luzerne County Council.
TPW Design Studios of York, PA, provided Landscape Architectural Design support, and Dan Rutledge Excavating Inc., of Tyler Hill, PA was the construction contractor. The construction project team for the SWTC consisted of Sean Baker, Max Furek, and Ray Zajac.
A Grand Opening Celebration will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Canal Park trail head.
For more information about the Susquehanna Warrior Trail see the Susquehanna Warrior Trail Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SusquehannaWarriorTrail, or the website http://www.susquehannawarriortrail.org.
**The Berwick Health and Wellness Fund is the original and largest fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Its purpose is to improve the health and welfare of residents and communities of eastern Columbia and western Luzerne counties.
The Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council. (Seated left to right) Lance Kittelson, President, and Max Furek, Vice-President. (Standing left to right) Dan Shane, Treasurer, Sean Baker, Nicole Pagliaro, Ray Zajac, Secretary, and Frank Coughlin.