The Laurel Highlands Trails Summit, a workshop to empower trail stakeholders to build community investment and economic development, market trails, and build volunteer capacity, will take place on Sept. 20 in Meyersdale, Pa.
The one-day workshop will be held to support trail development and management through workshops in marketing, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, trail maintenance, and sustainable trails. Mobile workshops by foot or bike will allow attendees to explore Meyersdale, a well-established Trail Town, as well as the Great Allegheny Passage.
Featured speakers will include Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and President/CEO of the September 11th Memorial Trail Alliance, David Brickley.
Join representatives from The Progress Fund’s Trail Town Program® to walk through the established Trail Town of Meyersdale. Along the tour you will learn about the program and see projects that have been completed in Meyersdale. You will also meet with local business representatives regarding their experience with trail tourism and the impact that it has made on their business and community.
Experience an easy eight-mile bike ride to view and learn about the development and ongoing maintenance of the Great Allegheny Passage in and around Meyersdale. With stops at the Salisbury and Keystone Viaducts, the Bollman Bridge, and High Street Underpass, participants will gain an understanding of the maintenance and inspection issues that go along with owning trail infrastructure, dealing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and railroads throughout the process, and utilizing a historic bridge saved through a grassroots movement in the community.
Who should attend: Trail managers, municipal and state trail managers, park managers, volunteers, tourism and economic development professionals.
Overnight Accommodations: There are several options which should be reserved directly by registrants.
- The Trailside Bed and Breakfast of Morguen Toole Company
- Levi Deal Mansion Bed and Breakfast
- Yoder’s Motel
This is a rain or shine event. Due to unforeseen circumstances, if cancellation is necessary, participants will be contacted via email.
For questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 481-9400
Funded in part by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program funded through the Federal Highway Administration.