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Earlier this week, two public hearings were held to receive input from residents of eastern Cumberland County on a proposed Eastern Cumberland County Regional Trails Master Plan. Many residents interested in hiking and biking trails gathered at the two hearings on April 18 and 19 hosted by Lower Allen Township and Silver Spring Township.
Most of the municipalities in the greater west shore portion of the county are participating in the study, including Camp Hill Boro, East Pennsboro Township, Hampden Township, Lower Allen Township, Mechanicsburg Boro, Monroe Township, Silver Spring Township and Upper Allen Township. All of these municipalities have developed their own parks and trails, but these projects tend to be isolated from each other.
One of the goals of the Master Plan is to link the various trails together. This will allow them to be used to bike or walk to work or to shop, and to better use them for recreation. Many also hope that some of the local trails will be linked to some of the existing long distance trails in the area, such as the Appalachian and Tuscarora Trails. I attended the meeting at Silver Spring Township last Thursday evening. The attendees offered many insights and suggestions, which were well received by the landscape architecture firm Simone Collins, contracted to help develop the Master Plan.
The architecture firm and members of the Master Plan committee will conduct meetings to incorporate the comments from the public into the proposed Plan. Additional public hearings will be held on September 26 and 27.
I encourage residents of the West Shore municipalities to stay involved in this process. You may email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org And, you residents of Lemoyne, New Cumberland, Shiremanstown and Wormleysburg may want to ask your municipal leaders why they are not participating in this planning process.