Grant monies awarded Tuesday for community conservation and other projects in Montgomery, Chester, and Berks counties will significantly change the looks and appeal of many local parks and public attractions.
Today (Friday, April 22) is Earth Day. Chester County is marking the occasion by opening its newly completed section of the Schuylkill River Trail between Parker Ford and North Coventry.
Montgomery County on Thursday won a grant of more than $397,000 to expand the Schuylkill River Trail in the township and adjacent borough. Other grants were presented for projects in Pottstown, Limerick, Upper Frederick, New Hanover, Upper Salford, Pennsburg, and East and West Vincent.
It's not a highly visible architectural or transportation landmark, but it often catches the eye of Schuylkill River Trail users in Parkerford. It's Chester County's oldest bridge, built 217 years ago.
Repairs to severe storm damage of the Schuylkill River Trail between Mont Clare and Pawlings Road have caused Montgomery County to close that section. Apparently some walkers and bicyclists aren't paying attention.
Construction crews in Chester County are working this month to complete an extension of the Schuylkill River Trail from Parker Ford to the U.S. Route 422 bridge near the expressway's Route 724 interchange.
A 3.8-mile trail extension will connect Chester County's Chester Valley Trail, which ends in King of Prussia, to a Montgomery County portion of the Schuylkill River Trail near the DeKalb Street bridge in Norristown.
It's yet another award for southeastern Pennsylvania's Schuylkill River Trail. It was just named to third place among 20 selected contenders in a contest to name the nation's most-favored riverwalks.