Pennsylvania Environmental Council Receives $1.5 Million for Trails

Pennsylvania Environmental Council Receives $1.5 Million for Trails

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has announced a $1.5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation in support of development of a trail network in Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties.

The two-year grant will enable PEC to focus its efforts on portions of the East Coast Greenway, a trail stretching from Florida to Maine that is a critical link in completing the 750-mile network known as the Circuit. Currently, three hundred miles of the trail network is open for use, with four hundred yet to be built. PEC has been involved with the planning and implementation of one of the Circuit’s trunk lines — the East Coast Greenway — for more than a decade. The grant also will enable PEC to begin linking the trail network with trail development that has occurred in the northeastern part of the state.

"The William Penn Foundation's commitment to completion of the Circuit is doubly significant because of the trail work itself and the importance that this network has to the Philadelphia region," said PEC executive vice president Patrick Starr. "The foundation's most recent grant continues its commitment to ensuring alternative transportation for Philadelphians."