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East Coast Greenway Implementation Phase I

Delaware County is researching potential management strategies for the East Coast Greenway.

The East Coast Greenway is a primarily off-road multi-use trail system that will run from Maine to Florida. Delaware County is fortunate to have a designated segment of the trail proposed to run along the Delaware River coastline through Tinicum, Ridley, Eddystone, Chester, Trainer, and Marcus Hook.

The County was recently awarded a $40,000 Coastal Zone Management Program grant from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to work with area municipalities and stakeholders to identify potential construction and maintenance costs, as well as to identify possible trail management structures to ensure consistency in quality across the six municipalities.

The project will involve research into costs for trail development, management, and maintenance. Research will also include review of other trail development and management structures for multi-municipal trails throughout the region, state, and country. The project build upon efforts on the part of state and regional organizations, such as the East Coast Greenway Alliance, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, DVRPC, and DCNR, all of which have either undertaken efforts to either identify models for trail installation and management, or have direct experience in trail development.

Campbell and Thomas Co., a firm specializing in trail planning, was hired to assist the County in preparing the plan. A study committee consisting of County staff, local government officials, and other stakeholders will provide input on potential management structures.

Questions about the East Coast Greenway Implementation Plan? Contact the Planning Department at 610-891-5200 or



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