With the snip of a ribbon, the new section of the Hanover Trolley Trail was opened to the public.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the Metropolitan Edison Building in the Penn Township Industrial Park, according to a news release from Gwen Loose, executive director of the York County Rail Trail Authority.
The recently completed section of the trail runs one mile, from Cherry Tree Court to Gitts Run Road and connects to another one-mile trail section in Hanover Borough, according to Loose.
The Hanover Chamber of Commerce assisted with the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Afterward, visitors took their first steps on the new trail section, she said.
The trail will be open dawn to dusk daily for walking, jogging, bicycling and other types of non-motorized travel. Visitors are expected to follow the rules and regulations posted at each road crossing, Loose said.
Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony also was a celebration of agencies working together to improve the community, Carl Knoch, the authority chairman, said in a statement.
"As the trial's length grows, so do the health, fitness, outdoor recreation and transportation benefits to the local residents," he said.
The project was funded through a Growing Greener Bond Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, from donations to the Rail Trail Authority's Trail Links Capital Campaign and from contributions of labor and equipment from Penn Township.
The first phase of the Hanover Trolley Trail was completed in 2008 with a the construction of a 3/4-mile section from Spring Grove's Hosier Alley to Hershey Road in Jackson Township and two parking lots, she said.
That same year, Hanover Borough constructed its trail section with parking offered at Moul Field, according to Loose.
In 2012, an additional 3/4-mile section was completed in Jackson Township, going from the parking area at Hershey Road westward to Martin Road.