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Eastern Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit

September 14, 2016 - September 15, 2016

A two-day event in September, the Eastern Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit will feature speakers, mobile workshops, and numerous breakout sessions on various greenways and trails topics.

Charles “Chuck” Fink, one of the nation’s best greenway planners, will provide the keynote address. In addition to the series of indoor events, the summit will include a bike ride along the D&L Trail, dinner at the National Canal Museum, and much more.

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Wednesday, September 14th
7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Chuck Flink, Greenways Inc./Alta Planning and Design
9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Noon Lunch and Plenary Speaker: Dr. Silas Chamberlin, Executive Director of Schuylkill River Heritage Area and Author of On the Trail: A History of American Hiking
1 p.m. Panel: Statewide Perspectives on Trails
2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:45 p.m. Depart for Social Event at National Canal Museum: D&L Trail Ride and Dinner

Thursday, September 15th
7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Plenary Speaker: Jim Dion, National Geographic Maps – Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism Project
9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. Pick up box lunches and depart for mobile workshops

Workshop 1: Communities, Corridors, and Connections
Lehigh Valley Greenways partners have been successful in using a regional approach to create an interconnected trail network in which the 165-mile D&L Trail serves as the spine. This tour will stop at the Jim Thorpe pedestrian bridge site, Lehigh County’s Cove Road Trailhead with new boat launch, and trail connection of the Nor-Bath Trail and D&L Trail in Northampton. Participants will learn about successful techniques to deal with common trail gap challenges, suggested partnerships to leverage funding and expertise, and increased local government cooperation to overcome often expensive and complicated obstacles to making local connections.

Workshop 2: Connecting Urban Trails to Neighborhoods and Surrounding Communities
A new urban vitality is transforming South Bethlehem. A broad range of unique local places are linked by trails and pathways, allowing people to travel off-road throughout SouthSide. This walking tour will include the “Highline” of South Bethlehem, the Hoover Mason Trestle, and lead us past SteelStacks, an arts and
cultural campus, the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, the SkatePlaza, the South Bethlehem Greenway and the newly opened National Museum of Industrial History. We will see examples of how the trail has spurred new development and how the trail provides connectivity to these community assets. We have a
lot of walking to do and lots to see so wear comfortable shoes!

4:30-5 p.m. Mobile Workshops return to ArtsQuest – end of Summit



September 14, 2016
September 15, 2016