Residents hear LINK trail plans at open house
North Catasauqua had a great turnout at a Feb. 6 open house to discuss the proposed interconnected trail called THE LINK Trail Network. The gathering was held in the Charotin Room of the North Catasauqua Borough Municipal Building, 1066 Fourth St.
Council President Peter Paone, along with borough council, Wildlands Conservancy, Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and Northampton County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, put together a presentation about North Catasauqua’s role in the trail system.
Paone addressed residents about the changes happening in the borough and surrounding areas and expressed the importance of their feedback. Residents were informed of the soon-to-be interconnected trail system and the plans to repair the orphaned section in North Catasauqua.
Lauren Golden, representative from the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, was one of the main presenters at the open house. Golden explained to residents that the D&L Trail will be 164 miles long when completed.
“The first section we are looking to build out is right here in North Catasauqua,” Golden explained.
Having a trail on both sides of the Lehigh River would benefit residents not only in North Catasauqua, but the surrounding areas as well, she mentioned.
“We think it would improve transportation opportunities,” Golden added.
Chris Strohler, from Wildlands Conservancy, expressed his stance on improving sections of the trail and THE LINK project as a whole.
“Part of why we do this is to get people out and connected to the river,” Strohler stressed. “We want to promote all these resources available to us.”
Strohler informed residents of Wildlands Conservancy’s river programming — an opportunity for individuals of all ages to learn about what is in their backyard and how best to take advantage. Wildlands Conservancy gives participants the chance to hike, paddle, canoe and more using the resources in their areas. These programs could potentially make their way to North Catasauqua and the Lehigh River once the trail plans are completed.
Bryan Cope, from Northampton County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, was the final presenter regarding the importance of North Catasauqua’s trail.
“Many people don’t understand the impact of Northampton County as a hub and being trail connected,” he said.
Cope went on to explain how outdoor recreation remains relevant and how Northampton County Parks, Recreation and Open Space wants to ensure it stays that way.
“Outdoor recreation is not at the bottom of the totem pole when we look at the impact of these sorts of things and how they work to help us,” Cope said.
Residents of the borough and surrounding areas are invited to complete a survey regarding plans for the trail. The survey can be found on the North Catasauqua Borough website, northcatasauqua.org, and must be completed by 1 p.m. March 4.