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Lackawanna Heritage Valley and the Rail-Trail Council of NEPA organized a ribbon-cutting ceremony and car tour to celebrate a newly restored trail section, now open to residents and visitors of the region. The redeveloped section completes a connection between the 70-mile Lackawanna River Heritage Trail system stretching across northeastern Pennsylvania.

Sections of the D&H Rail-Trail and the connecting Lackawanna River Heritage Trail from Carbondale to Union Dale were closed to the public for two years, as a new natural gas pipeline was installed within the corridor. Following the installation of the pipeline, UGI and a team of contractors and consultants restored the trail with extensive drainage improvements, resurfacing and enhancing the aesthetics and amenities available to local trail enthusiasts and visitors using the trail.

Following the ceremony, the gates along the trail swung open, allowing guests to embark on a car tour of our region’s newest recreational asset.

“After a significant investment of time and resources, our region’s newest recreational hotspot is open,” said Owen Worozbyt, trail and environmental programs manager for Lackawanna Heritage Valley. “The teamwork and dedication from all of those involved with this project will add value to our communities and help reconnect families to our thriving and scenic watershed for years to come.”

For more information and to register, visit LHVA.org.

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Gathering to celebrate the region’s newest recreational asset were, from left: Owen Worozbyt, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Trail and environmental programs manager; Paul Macknosky, regional director of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Mayor Chris Glinton of Forest City; Anthony Rymar, senior manager of Major Projects and Environmental Engineering for UGI Utilities; Joseph J. Corcoran, executive director of Lackawanna Heritage Valley; Lynn Conrad, executive director of the Rail-Trail Council of NEPA; state Sen. Lisa Baker; Kirk Newsom, board president of the Rail-Trail Council; state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski; Scott Linde, president of Linde Corp.; MaryAnn Warren, Susquehanna County commissioner; Andy Strauss, principal of Strauss and Associates; Lorne Possinger, recreation and conservation manager of the PA DCNR; Dominic Keating, chairman of the LHVA board of directors; and Thomas McLane, principal landscape architect at McLane Associates.