Wolf Administration Celebrates Grand Opening of S.H. Rothermel Walking Trail in Lewistown
Lewistown, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Deputy Secretary Lauren Imgrund joined local leaders to celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the S.H. Rothermel Walking Trail in Lewistown, Mifflin County. The project was supported by nearly $500,000 in state funding from the DCED and DCNR.
“Governor Wolf is committed to supporting projects that improve our communities,” Secretary Davin said. “This trail is going to be a great source of fun and exercise for Mifflin County residents and visitors.”
The S.H. Rothermel Walking Trail is the first multi-purpose recreation trail along the Juniata River in Mifflin County. The trail extends .75 miles from Victory Park west along the north shore of the Juniata River to Crystal Springs Ave. The project included the construction of a 10-foot-wide walking path, signage, solar lighting in the parking area, benches, trash receptacles, and ADA accessibility upgrades.
“Trails provide a close-to-home connection to nature and recreation that is always free or affordable,” Deputy Secretary Imgrund said. “The Juniata River Trail also provide public access to the river and a safer route to Victory Park.”
The trail is expected to help boost the Lewistown economy as well. Encouraging healthy recreation and providing access to the river will help attract outside visitors and raise the quality of life for residents in the Lewistown area.
The project was supported by a $230,000 grant from DCED’s Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program and a $250,000 grant from DCNR’s Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund during the Wolf Administration.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132