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Officials celebrate the completion of a section of the Jordan Creek Greenway during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 17.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Officials celebrate the completion of a section of the Jordan Creek Greenway during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 17.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Officials celebrate completion of Greenway section

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Project is expected to eventually connect Allentown to Appalachian Trail

Whitehall Township officials celebrated the completion of a section of the Jordan Creek Greenway during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 17.

This newly completed section of trail, 0.9 miles and located between MacArthur and Mickley roads, was funded by a $1.3 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Alternatives Program and a $233,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

Among the speakers at the event were Michael Harakal Jr., Whitehall Township mayor; Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County executive; Christopher Kocher, Wildlands Conservancy president; Malcolm Gross, Harry C. Trexler Trust Foundation trustee; and Cindy Adams Dunn, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary.

The Jordan Creek Greenway was started in 2009 with a goal to connect five existing township-, city- and county-owned parks and recreation areas along the Jordan Creek corridor, while preserving the ecology and green- space between. The entire Greenway will connect the city of Allentown to the Appalachian Trail along the ridge of Blue Mountain. Tying these protected open spaces together will enhance the environmental health and biodiversity of the region and offer important recreational benefits to the community.

A 14-mile multi-use trail is underway to connect Allentown’s Jordan Heights Neighborhood to Trexler Nature Preserve along the Jordan Creek for the public to hike, bike and experience nature. As of today, 3.5 miles are constructed and open to the public, with an additional 4 miles planned for construction in the next few years.

The following are working to facilitate the Jordan Creek Greenway: Whitehall Township, South Whitehall Township, North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County and the city of Allentown.