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Inventing the Future: Trails & Greenways

Historic Downtown York

— Rail Trail Authority —

 
 
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1. Inventing the Future: Trails & Greenways Marker
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In meeting rooms, on drawing boards, and around kitchen tables, York Countians from many walks of life are creating the future by improving open space, recreational trails and greenways. Efforts range from small neighborhood cleanups to major acquisition and construction projects that will improve the quality of life in the county and the region.

As of 2004, these projects are underway:
• The York Hanover Trolley Trail (see historical & current photos, right) will connect eastward from Hanover to Spring Grove, with potential alignments to York still in planning led by the York County Rail Trail Authority.

• Citizens' workshops and design studies coordinated by the Codorus Implementation Committee will result in further "greening" of the banks of the Codorus including better access points, boardwalks, canoe landings, trails and related housing and commercial development at the river's edge through the city of York (drawings, right).

• The Rail Trail Authority is conducting engineering studies for an extension of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park following the Codorus northward
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to John Rudy County Park in East Manchester Township (see photo).

• The York County Planning Commission is developing a county-wide greenway and open space plan emphasizing ecological resources and environmental quality. The plan will develop a vision for greenway and trail development for the year 2015.

• These and other groups are working on future greenway development west toward Adams County's historic Gettysburg and east to the Susquehanna River, where the existing Mason Dixon Trail and proposed inland walking paths provide views and access to "river trails" for boaters. The Lancaster-York Heritage Region is preparing a paddlers' trail map and landside interpretive panels on both sides of the Susquehanna River.

Many of these big ideas started with a small seed planted in 1977, when staff from the York City and York County Planning Commissions decided to collaborate on a county-wide bikeway plan. The first piece implemented was the little one-mile Codorus bikeway at the river's edge from this spot south to Penn Street, within the city of York. This tiny beginning was followed over the next two decades by the Heritage Rail Trail's major southern stretch, from Penn Street south to New Freedom and the Maryland Line. This recreational corridor is attracting people from across the state and beyond, with visitors numbering more than
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250,000 annually.

To get involved in the development of greenways and trails in York County or to learn more about these projects contact:

York County Rail Trail Authority
PO Box 335, Seven Valleys, PA 17360
Phone: 717-428-0999
Email: [email protected]
www.yorkcountytrails.org

York County Community Foundation
Codorus Watershed Endowment
20 W. Market St., York PA 17401
Phone: 717-848-3733
Email: [email protected] / www.yccf.org

 
Erected by York County Rail Trail Authority; York County Community Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentParks & Recreational AreasRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 2004.
 
Location. 39° 57.713′ N, 76° 43.939′ W. Marker is in York, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Heritage Rail Trail County Park and West Clarke Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Heritage Rail Trail County Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 213 Marketway St, York PA 17401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary War Patriots (within shouting distance of this marker); In the Old Court House here at York (within
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shouting distance of this marker); Captain Michael Doudel's Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Riding the Rails of History (within shouting distance of this marker); Golden Plough Tavern (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); York County (about 300 feet away); York (about 300 feet away); Gen. Horatio Gates (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in York.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 8, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
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