Through the facilitation of a robust public participation program and stakeholder involvement, RTC completed a study to determine the feasibility of completing the final section of the 150-mile Liberty Water Gap Trail through New Jersey and into Pennsylvania.
Supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the feasibility study evaluates how the final trail segment could promote good principles of economic development and sustainable communities, making the area and its parks, businesses and communities more attractive to residents and visitors. It also provides recommendations for creating a safe pedestrian and bicycle route that connects existing community amenities.
RTC partnered with local municipalities (Portland, Pa., Delaware Water Gap, Pa., and Mt. Bethel Township, Pa.), DCNR, PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the National Park Service and consultants Campbell, Thomas & Co. to develop maps and details of proposed trail sections, as well as cost estimates and a phased action plan for trail development.
Upon its completion, the local planning departments for both Monroe County and Lehigh Valley added the study to their open space plans and announced their commitment to supporting a complete trail system!