'Destination Peace Valley' Gets $200K Grant

The money will help further the ongoing project to link bike and hike trails around Central Bucks.

The effort to connect the bike and hike paths around Doylestown into one contiguous system is $200,000 closer to becoming reality.

Doylestown Township supervisors on Tuesday night agreed to accept a $200,000 grant from the state for the Destination Peace Valley project. The grant comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

But one resident wanted to know the longterm financial implications of the project.

"How much is it going to cost us to maintain each year?" asked Lee Schwartz, who frequently attends supervisors' meetings.

"Grants are good, but they take on a future liability," Schwartz added.

Dick John, who heads up the township's operations department, said maintenance of the bike path is not likely to cost township taxpayers much. 

"For awhile, it’s going to be minor," said John, adding that the path likely wouldn't need any work "until the blacktop starts to break down."

Supervisors chairman Barb Lyons said the residents in all the municipalities will benefit from the trail network.

"That’s part of the local government service," Lyons said.

In the works for a few years, Destination Peace Valley ultimately would link the 18 or so miles of paved paths around the greater Doylestown area together, and to one of the region's most popular recreation destinations, Peace Valley Park.

The cooperative project brings together Doylestown Borough and Doylestown Township, New Britain Borough and New Britain Township and Chalfont.

To review the project's study, click on the pdf file attached to this article.


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Bob December 06, 2012 at 11:48 AM
That would be great if they could connect them for safety of everyone....it is annoying to walk on the road and look over your shoulder for cars. Also annoying that the path is very small...constantly you have to make way for people and walk on the grass....hope they invest in widening the entire path to allow for walkers, runners, bikes, dogs, etc....just too small as the width of a sidewalk...
KS December 07, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I agree - this would be a nice improvement! I bike and walk my two dogs there often and I think the path is sufficient providing that everyone is respectful and aware of their surroundings. Too often there are groups walking 3-4 people across (which is fine!) but totally unaware of what's going on around them. I can say "on your left" loudly 5 times and still have to ride onto the grass arond them (often scaring them in the process because they are so engrossed in their conversations). Another common problem are dogs on leashes far too long to maintain control of the dog. Too often there are dogs on flexi leashes weaving around the path, which makes walking or biking past dangerous. Maybe a little of the $20k can go towards a few more "stay to the right, pass on the left" signs (obviously a pet peeve of mine!). :)


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