Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Bellefonte-Milesburg Trail Feasibility Study
A public meeting on Thursday (Dec. 6) will offer discussion and a chance for final public input on the feasibility study for a potential Bellefonte to Milesburg greenway trail.
Centre County government officials and consultant Pashek + MTR, a Pittsburgh landscape architecture and community planning firm, will host the meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bellefonte Borough Building. A presentation on the study will begin at 6 p.m.
The public will have the opportunity to offer final comments on project, its conceptual alignment and other factors related to its feasibility for development. The team also will discuss the study process, timeline for completion and potential next steps.
The comprehensive study is looking into the feasibility of a 2.5-mile trail that would follow along Spring Creek and the historic alignment of the Bald Eagle and Spring Creek Canal.
"The resulting study will document a preferred trail alignment and outline the required easements, structures,right-of-way acquisitions and any environmental/historic impacts requiring mitigation," according to a county press release. "It will also provide specific and very detailed cost estimates for engineering, acquisition, environmental clearance, utility relocation, permitting and construction."
At a public meeting earlier this year, officials said a potential 10-feet wide the trail could start at the Gamble Mill parking lot in Bellefonte and end at Milesburg Community Park.
Some residents expressed concerns about the possible route discussed at the time because of pedestrian safety near the Gamble Mill and because the route passed through and near several private properties, including a bridge that would be built in front of the historic William Thomas House on North Thomas Street.
At a Bellefonte Borough Council meeting in November, however, Mike Bloom, Centre County assistant director of planning and community development, presented a different option with a bridge still built over Spring Creek, but further away from the Thomas Homestead, according to LockHaven.com.
Bloom noted the project is still in the feasibility study stage and nothing has been determined.
The study is being funded through a $70,500 Greenways, Trails and Recreation grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development, and $15,300 in matching funds donated by Bellefonte Borough, the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau, Clearwater Conservancy, Centre Foundation, CentreBike, Nittany Mountain Biking Association, State College Cycling, Tussey Mountain Outfitters and the Michael an Alice Young family.
For more information, visit the Centre County website.