The Schuylkill River Heritage Area cut the ribbon on a new 1.4-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail on Wednesday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m. in partnership with Schuylkill Haven Borough.
About 30 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, including state, county and local officials.
The new trail section is located between Tumbling Run Road and Seven Stars Road near Mt. Carbon. It is part of a longer section stretching from Landingville to Pottsville that has been identified as gap number one on the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources listing of over 200 trail gaps statewide.
The segment was built in part by the Heritage Conservation Corps, a group composed of four youths aged 16-20, with one adult supervisor who worked over a five-week period in June and July. Utilizing an old rail line with an existing stone surface, the Corps’ work consisted primarily of cutting back shrubbery and installing fencing along steep slopes.
A Schuylkill Haven Borough work crew recently finished the work with additional fencing, signs, and trail surface repairs.
The Conservation Corps was organized by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area’s Former Sustainability Coordinator, Tiara Campbell, who cut the ribbon. Campbell served the Heritage Area as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member for one year. In addition to building the trail, the Corps assisted other community organizations that aim to improve Schuylkill County, including a community garden in Mahanoy City.
The total cost to fund the Heritage Corps and trail project is $45,000. The project was funded by the William Penn Foundation, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, Thrivent Financial, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation, the US Dept. of Agriculture, and the Summer Youth Work Experience program through the Schuylkill County CareerLink office.
The property where the trail is located is owned by Schuylkill Haven Borough. After the trail is completed, it will be maintained by volunteers.