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Trail connecting York College and downtown set to reopen

David Weissman
505-5431/@DispatchDavid
  • A $1 million improvement project to a 1.4-mile stretch of the York County Heritage Rail Trail is complete.
  • Improvements, including 100 LEDs, will provide a safer, more walkable route between York College and the city.

Closed since March, the portion of the York County Heritage Rail Trail connecting the York College campus to downtown York City is set to officially reopen Aug. 11, according to Downtown Inc officials.

From left, Sam Reimold, of Stewartstown, Vic Winstead, of Springettsbury Township, Dennis Lerew, of Seven Valleys, Paul Fialcowitz, of Spring Grove, and Bob Beaver, also of Spring Grove, along with Jake Hoover, not pictured, were acknowledged  by the York County Rail Trail Authority for their dedication with the Trail Champion Award. Thursday, October 31, 2013. John A. Pavoncello photo - jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com

The City of York, York County Department of Parks and Recreation and Downtown Inc will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. to commemorate the reopening of the 1.4-mile stretch.

The $1 million project included grading and storm-water-management improvement and the installation of more than 100 LED light fixtures, Downtown Inc spokeswoman Meagan Feeser said.

Residents have been using the trail already, and no one will get in trouble for using it, Feeser said, but there is a small section that needs its pavement smoothed out, which will occur Monday morning.

The various closed signs posted around the improved area will be taken down throughout the week, she added.

The reopened portion — from the Colonial Court House on North Pershing Avenue south to Grantley Avenue — will provide a safe, walkable route for York College students to get downtown, Feeser said.

Festivities for the reopening will begin at 9 a.m. at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., and move to the ribbon-cutting outside at 9:45 a.m. If it rains, the ribbon-cutting will occur underneath the College Avenue bridge, according to the release.

Funding for the project was provided by a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant and 19 local businesses and organizations, the release states.

City officials are in the planning phase for the next stage of the project, which will extend the trail northwest through the city, Feeser said.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.