Headlines: Cynwyd Heritage Trail “Phase II Plan” Released

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The Manayunk Bridge will soon connect both sides of the Schuylkill River | Photo: Liz Spikol

The Manayunk Bridge will soon connect both sides of the Schuylkill River | Photo: Liz Spikol

The Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Lower Merion has been getting a lot of buzz since it opened in 2011. (Psst, it’s one of the best running trails in and around Philly.) Recently, big news that the Manayunk Bridge will reopen as a Northwest Philly High Line of sorts and connect both side of ths Schuylkill River once again has brought more attention to the trail.

While the bridge is expected to open in the fall, stewards of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail are looking towards its long term future with a new plan. Cheryl Allison of Main Line Times reports a study conducted by the Natural Lands Trust (NLT)–“The Cynwyd Heritage Trail Phase II Plan”–was released and later reviewed by Lower Merion’s Parks and Recreation committee in early June:

The report looks at the trail and its future from different angles, focusing on three primary areas: stewardship and maintenance, design strategies and projects, and volunteer coordination and fundraising for improvements. It includes broader to more specific recommendations for beautification and enhancement of recreational opportunities, as well as ways to continue, increase and energize the key support already provided by the volunteer Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

Alison explains that the trail will be divided into seven segments to ease the burden of maintenence. As for future improvements to the trails, NLT identified 13 potential projects and split them up into three categories based on their goals. Estimated costs (over time) for these projects is $930,000. The full 243-page report can be viewed here.

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