NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Pa.
April 12, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary
today visited Hugh Moore Park in
to highlight the importance of local parks and trails to communities and economies.
The secretary announced a
grant to the
City of Easton
for improvements to Hugh Moore Park and the completion of the approximately three-mile PPL Trail that starts at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center and travels north to the trailhead in
"Hugh Moore Park along the Lehigh River is in need of a facelift, and we are pleased to partner with the
City of Easton
to improve the park so it can again be a destination and a keystone along the
and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor," Allan said. "Governor Corbett understands the important connection between recreation and conservation and the economic health of our communities, and through DCNR, is happy to make these investments that assist our municipalities in protecting and improving our outdoor assets."
Allan was joined at the park by
and D&L Corridor Executive Director
In addition to offering outdoor recreation, the 260-acre park helps protect the industrial and transportation heritage of the region and features an operating mule-drawn canal boat.
The Hugh Moore Park grant will support improvements including an outdoor classroom/pavilion; play equipment; signage; lighting; walkways; and landscaping.
The PPL trail project was aided by a
grant that supported the installation of a crushed-stone trail starting at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center. PPL donated the right-of-way in the utility corridor in
"This is a key section of a trail that is part of a larger vision for a string of connections from
, to Jacobsburg, and north to the Appalachian Trail, all of which helps us get closer to this goal," Allan said.
recently donated 10 bikes to Jacobsburg for the Get Outdoors PA program designed to introduce visitors to opportunities for being active outdoors.
Both of the projects supported by the Corbett administration help meet the goals of the Lehigh Valley Greenway conservation landscape effort to link communities to greenways, trails and outdoor experiences for stronger economies, improved public health and conservation of natural resources.