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Recognized by the APA-PA Chapter as one of the Great Places in Pennsylvania

September 5, 2018

Connecting Outdoor Enthusiasts with Nature.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association recently named an Upper Merion Township project, the Schuylkill River West Trail, as one of 2018’s “Great Places in Pennsylvania” in the category of Great Greenways/Trails. T&M’s Greg Rishel, Zachary Ranstead and Russell Benner served as the lead designers for the project.

Heuser Park in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, serves as the trailhead for this 2.2 mile, 12-foot wide, trail that connects to Valley Forge National Park along the southern shoreline of the Schuylkill River. The trail is ADA accessible, thus accommodates people of all abilities. Along the route, there is access between the Trail and key destinations, such as employment, shopping districts, residential areas, and regional transportation options. The Trail was designed to preserve the natural environment and incorporated green infrastructure practices to manage stormwater. Much of the Trail is well-canopied and users can experience wetlands, meadows, wild flowers, and wildlife along the route. The Trail has accomplished the Township’s goal to create a “sensitively designed, safe, easy-to-use, and well-maintained pedestrian and bicycle route” that provides outdoor enthusiasts with another source of community identity and provide. Long term plans propose extending the trail eastward to connect with  downtown Philadelphia.