Introducing the Greenway Ambassadors program
The Commission’s Economic Committee has been hard at work developing a new program that helps boost the local economy by promoting the unique natural charms of the Stroud Region. Unifying the common goals of commerce, cultural organizations and recreational attractions, Greenway Ambassadors help preserve and enhance the region’s appeal to businesses, residents and visitors.
Bike to Nature Route
Work is nearing completion for the 23-mile bike route connecting downtown Stroudsburg with Cherry Valley and many sites of interest along the way, including Quiet Valley Living History Farm, Josie Porter Farm, Cherry Valley Vineyard, Glen Brook Golf Club, Hickory Valley Park, downtown historic Stroudsburg, Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trailhead, and the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
New Independence Trail
As part of the Smithfield Township sewer line extension along Route 447 and through Zacharias Pond Park, the contractor built a compacted stone dust trail atop the route and connected it to the existing trail loop within the park. The trail extends on the south side of Independence Road from Zacharias Pond to Franklin Hill Road.
Pinebrook to Brodhead Creek Connector
A $4390 grant from the National Trails Fund to the Friends of Stroud Region is enabling the construction of a trail connecting Pinebrook Park with Brodhead Creek Park.
Gregory’s Pond Natural Area Trails
An Act 13 minigrant for $18,870 from Monroe County has been approved for the construction of trail connections in the Gregory’s Pond Natural Area bordering Terra Greens Golf Course and extending from Wendy’s Restaurant to the JT Lambert School. The grant is pending a match of funds requested from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Greenway, Trails and Recreation Program Grant.
Volunteers have been assisting in constructing and improving sections of the Levee Loop Trail as it passes through the East Stroudsburg High School property, andin and north of Creekview Park. New volunteers, willing to assist in the Pinebrook to Brodhead Connector, Gregory’s Pond Natural Area and other sites, are welcome! Training is provided: call 570-426-1512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected!
McMichael Creek Logjam Cleared
The four-year-old logjam on the old mill dam at Ann Street Park was removed in mid-July by crews from Papillon Crane and Stroudsburg Borough in a six-hour job involving a boat, crane, extra-large truck and sawing underwater.
Glen to Glen Trail Study
Simone Collins Landscape Architecture has completed a trail feasibility study linking Glen Park with Glen Brook Golf Club through a number of publicly and privately owned properties; their recreation facilities, adjacent lands, and the Levee Loop Trail; and the associated program, facility, and management possibilities the trail system would afford the residents of the Stroud Region. The study may be viewed at http://stroudgreenway.org/plans.
Stroud Township closed on the purchase of 42 acres of the former Evergreen Golf Course at the end of May for $234,500 using open space earned income tax funds approved by the Township in 2002. A Master Plan for the property to be tentatively known as ForEvergreen Park and Nature Preserve will be developed.
New Gym Floor Raised and Realized
Spearheaded by Keith Karkut and Karkut Entertainment, the mEGGa Hunts of the past two years raised $6373 toward a much-needed new gym floor in the Day Street Community Center. Along with a grant of $2000 to the Friends of Stroud Region from the Walmart Foundation, the Commission was able to hire Pinto Concrete to level the sloping floor of the former East Stroudsburg Police garage. The gym doors were raised and an exterior ADA-compliant ramp constructed to the side door. To the new level floor, The Home Depot of Stroudsburg donated and installed new, very fine all-purpose plank vinyl flooring. Thank you to all!
Stroudsburg Skatepark Re-opens
In June, Stroudsburg Borough Council voted to repair and re-open the Stroudsburg Skatepark, closed last year for repeated damage from its users. In a new partnership, the Stroudsburg School District is now extending its own daily Security Patrols to the Skatepark. New signs, paid for through a private donation, invite the skaters themselves to keep thepark open and functioning well, soliciting their support in promoting safe skating, events and a well-maintained Skatepark. A Facebook page dedicated to the Sburg Skatepark is in the works. For more info: email@example.com
Monroe County Open Space, Greenways and Recreation Plan 2013 Update
Monroe County has made tremendous progress toward the preservation of its scenic rural landscape since the Monroe 2020 planning process began in 1996, the passage of the County’s $25 million open space bond referendum, and the adoption of the Open Space Plan in 2001. This year’s update to the Open Space, Greenways and Recreation Plan, conducted by Simone Collins Landscape Architecture, reviews the accomplishments of the past ten years, establishes goals and objectives to be achieved over the next ten years, and emphasizes the need for connections andcontinued implementation of the initial vision, Forever Green, a county with parks and open space lined by green infrastructure. A copy of the draft plan may be viewed online through a link on the County’s website: www.co.monroe.pa.us.
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