On December 14, 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced the award of $566,000.00, to Countryside Conservancy through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The grant will fund the development of approximately 2.8 miles of the Trolley Trail from South Turnpike Road in Dalton to Lackawanna Trail in South Abington Township. This award will be used to complete trail design, trail construction, fencing, bollards, erosion and sedimentation controls, ADA access, retaining walls, landscaping, trailhead facilities and signage on this first phase of the Trolley Trail.
“This trail will become a great gift to the community, and I anticipate ongoing community support once folks see the actual construction begin,” said Bill Lewis, President of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors. Board member Abigail Peck added, “I’m thrilled that construction will finally begin on this long awaited dream, first envisioned by my mother, Rosamond “Roz” Peck.”
DCNR is the primary source of state support for Pennsylvania recreation, parks and conservation initiatives. Grant funding from DCNR assists hundreds of communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to plan, acquire, and develop recreation and park facilities, create trails, and conserve open space.
“Our grant investments work to bolster our vision for the health of our families, the vibrancy of our communities, the strength of our economy, and our quality of life in Pennsylvania,” DCNR Deputy Secretary Cindy Dunn said. “These grants allow us to partner with communities so that they can expand and improve the wonderful assets that make the places we call home vibrant and attractive.”
Countryside Conservancy is dedicated to the conservation of lands and waters in and near the Tunkhannock Creek watershed for the public benefit, now and for the future. Anyone interested in learning more about the Trolley Trail project and other land preservation projects can contact Countryside Conservancy at (570) 945-6995 or visit www.countrysideconservancy.org.