Connecting communities to some of their best assets
Memories are made on trails. We teach our kids to bike. We walk our dogs. We go on our own cycling adventures or meet people who are biking through. Trails can also contribute to community vitality when when businesses make efforts to cater to visiting trail users.
For all of these reasons, the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC or “I Heart Trails,” for short) partnered with local trail and community development organizations to host workshops in four communities this fall:
- Corry, PA
- New Philadelphia, OH
- New Castle, PA
- Steubenville, OH
The events opened with a 15-minute “micro-film screening,” followed by conversation about local trail needs and how to better accommodate visiting trail users. Participants also went outside to assess the local business district in terms of walkability and visitor readiness.