photo by Nicholas Tonelli

Union County Greenway & Open Space Plan adopted

The Union County Board of Commissioners recently adopted the County Greenway & Open Space Plan. An executive summary of the plan, in the form of a story map, is available by clicking here. The full plan text is also available on the Planning page here.

The purpose the plan is to establish specific priorities for conserving open spaces such as farms, forests, community parks and waterbodies and for creating future greenway corridors, which are a specific type of open space that follow linear landscape features like old rail lines, rivers, streams or ridgetops.

The plan and its recommendations reflect nearly two years of work by the volunteer steering committee which attempted to balance the desires of the public with future fiscal and political realities. The plan was released for public review and comment in early last fall.

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) is currently working with Union County and other partners to plan on riverfront trail from Allenwood to Montgomery. This trail was identified in the plan as an demonstration project. (SGP has secured some seed funding to help with the planning and preliminary design.

The plan is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and was funded in part by a grant from the Community Partnerships Program, Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund under the administration of PA DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.