POTTSTOWN PA – A three-year, $394,238 grant won by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, headquartered in Pottstown, will help continue development of the Schuylkill River Trail in Schuylkill County, and develop and implement river and trail-related programs, the agency announced Thursday (Dec. 19, 2013)
The money, from the Philadelphia-based William Penn Foundation, also will fund a mile-long loop River Walk Trail in Pottstown’s Riverfront Park, with direct connection to the Schuylkill River Trail. The loop trail, which will be located directly behind the group’s 140 College Dr. offices, will include five interpretive stations focused on the river and watershed protection.
Grant funding also will cover the costs of watershed stewardship programs, environmental education and trail expansion, it said.
“This grant will … allow us to provide educational and recreational programs that connect people to the river and inspire them to protect and conserve our natural resources,” according to agency Executive Director Kurt Zwikl.
Other river and trail-based recreation programs supported by the grant include the Schuylkill River Sojourn, an annual week-long, 112-mile guided canoe and kayak tour; and Pedal and Paddle events held every summer, which take participants on a round-trip adventure on bike and kayak from Pottstown to Douglassville.
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is managed by the non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association, which uses conservation, education, recreation, cultural and historic preservation, and tourism as tools for community revitalization and economic development.