Lawrence County authorizes study on hiking, biking trail
By Mary Grzebieniak
NEW CASTLE, Pa.
In a move they hope will eventually bring recreational walking, hiking or biking trails to the Ellwood City, Rock Point and Wampum areas, Lawrence County commissioners authorized a study Tuesday to determine where best to locate the trails.
Amy McKinney, director of the Lawrence County Planning Department, said after the meeting that the project originated with Ellwood City Borough Mayor Dom Viccari who wanted to extend Ewing Park’s nature trail along the Connoquenessing River. The plan is to also develop a trail to property adjacent to Rock Point, which is a historical area on the Connoquenessing in Wayne Township and owned by the Wildwater Waste Conservancy. The study also will try to determine the best way to establish a trail in the borough of Wampum to give the public recreational access to the Beaver River, she said. Ideally, the trails would link Ellwood City to Wampum for a larger regional network of trails.
The study part of the project will try and identify likely property, especially publicly owned property, as well as amenities such as benches, parking areas, bike racks and historical plaques which would enhance the trails.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and natural Resources has awarded $9,000 for the study, which will be done by the planning department; Ellwood City has put in $3,750 and Wampum $1,500.
McKinney said it is too early to say when the trails might become a reality but she hopes the study will be done by February 2012.