(HARRISBURG) – – A trail to link residential areas of Northumberland Borough with the downtown will be developed following approval today of a $94,000 grant by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108), who advanced the project. The grants are funded through Act 13 Marcellus impact fees assessed on gas drillers and are provided through the Keystone Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.

Utilizing Penn State dirt and gravel road specifications, the Liberty Hollow Trail will provide a non-motorized link along Washington Avenue in the borough, allowing safe pedestrian or bicycle passage from housing along the upper end of Washington Avenue to Liberty Splashland, the new Shikellamy Middle School and downtown Northumberland.

“The trail will provide a safe route of travel, allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to avoid busy streets,” said Representative Culver. “This will be of even more importance when the new school opens.”

“I personally walked the proposed trail this spring with Northumberland officials and was impressed not only with the safety component of the project, but with the potential for future nature and environmental opportunities in this undeveloped portion of the borough,” said Senator Gordner.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent agency of the Commonwealth which administers Pennsylvania’s economic development programs.


Todd B. Roup