Get involved in trail plan
Residents of the Lehigh Valley celebrated the Nov. 1, 2018, announcement of the interconnected trail system that will be developing in the area. This project, properly named THE LINK Trail Network, will give residents more opportunities for navigating parts of the Lehigh Valley by foot or bike.
The D&L, Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Lehigh Valley Greenways, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Discover Lehigh Valley, Wildlands Conservancy, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Northampton and Lehigh counties to work with the different areas in the Valley on properly developing their sections of the trail.
North Catasauqua Borough, one of the key pieces to the interconnected trail plan, currently has a one-mile section of the trail that features beautiful scenery and easy access to the Lehigh River. However, this section stands separated from Northampton and Catasauqua boroughs, creating a disconnect from the rest of THE LINK. North Catasauqua Borough Council President Peter Paone has worked tirelessly to improve the borough’s portion of the trail, along with surrounding areas.
Paone is looking for input from residents of North Catasauqua, hoping they might get involved with the development of this trail. An open house is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Charotin Room of the North Catasauqua Borough Municipal Building, 1066 Fourth St., to learn about how they can be a part of this great advancement for the area.
“We have invested in our parks and recreation programs in the past several years, and we have been working with the Wildlands Conservancy and the D&L Trail to expand access to the trail and the Lehigh River through our access point in North Catasauqua,” Paone said.
“We have recently worked with Keystone Consulting Engineers to outline a broad vision for the improvement of access to the Lehigh River,” he added.
Paone’s plans have been targeted at creating more recreation and commuting opportunities not only for the borough, but surrounding neighborhoods as well.
Catasauqua and North Catasauqua worked together to submit a plan called Catasauqua Area Trail and Transit Initiative (CATTI) to the FutureLV open call for transportation plans and projects. The goal of FutureLV is to evaluate projects that address transportation needs throughout the area. North Catasauqua and Catasauqua’s plan will be evaluated to ensure it meets the goals of FutureLV before being considered for funding.
“I can’t say enough about how Catasauqua and North Catasauqua are cooperating together on this. I really owe Steve Travers, Catasauqua Borough manager; Chris Weaver, from Catasauqua Borough Council; and Chad Helmer, from Taggart, a great deal of thanks in putting this all together with my input,” Paone said.