Connecting open spaces, sports parks and even sidewalks, Limerick has long-range plans to get its residents moving — on an extensive trail network.
First envisioned in a 2013 vision plan, the township has been steadily using grant money to build a trail network.
It focused first on two things, according to Township Manager Dan Kerr, trails that are centrally located and nearest to the greatest number of residents; and the township's property along the Schuylkill River and the potential to link to the Schuylkill River Trail.
Currently, the Schuylkill River Trail is continuous from Philadelphia to Parker Ford, just over the Linfield Bridge from three properties Limerick recently purchased as a link to a larger riverfront park.
The purchase of the three-acre property on Main Street, recognizable from the historic toll house that sits there, will eventually allow for public access to the 16-acre Schuylkill River Park just upstream.
Currently a study is being undertaken to determine the best way to connect those properties to the 17-acre Linfield Sports Park along Longview Road, which the township purchased in 2010.
The township also owns the 2-acre Trinley Park downstream along the river and hopes that when the former Publicker property is re-developed someday, that a 1.5 mile trail can be constructed through to Trinley.
But until those things are possible, the township has been focusing on what is possible now, said Kerr.
What is possible now is thanks to the foresight that resulted in the Greenways Master Plan, created through a $25,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
In May, the township completed its first connection between 94-acre Limerick Community Park and the 80-acre Kurylo Farm, 80 acres the township purchased in 2008 for $2.8 million.
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