September 20, 2012
One of the top-rated rail trails in the world, the Pine Creek Trail, now connects with the Susquehanna River. A new 1.5 mile section trail was opened on September 20. It brings the trail into downtown Jersey Shore. Now, short and long-distance riders can cruise into the Borough for shopping, errands, and refreshment. According to DCNR Secretary Richard Allan who officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony the Pine Creek Rail Trail contributes $5 million per year into the local economy.
The trail extension was made possible through funding from DCNR, PennDOT, Lycoming County, SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority and the Williamsport-Lycoming Community Foundation. Read more and see photos here.
Jersey Shore was also designated a Susquehanna Greenway River Town by Trish Carothers, Executive Director of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership at the event. Mayor Buttoff and Borough Council Dyroff were recognized for their leadership and commitment to form a River Town Revitalization Team that will work to create recreational and cultural connections to the Susquehanna River, including a new public river access project that is currently being designed. Read more about this project here.
"The West Branch Susquehanna Water Trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail and named one of the Best Adventure Desitnations by National Geographic last year," said Carothers. "Jersey Shore is now the true trailhead of the 65-mile Pine Creek Trail and soon will have beautiful river access. These are community assets that will attract further investment. The Jersey Shore River Town Revitalization Team is to be commended for its vision for creating a healthier, more sustainable community."
Read the press release from DCNR here.
See photos on our facebook page.
Enjoy video coverage from WNEP Channel 16 here.