Cynwyd Heritage Trail to get special award 11/14


The Cynwyd Heritage Trail has been selected to receive a 2012 Montgomery Award, Lower Merion spokesman Tom Walsh announced today.

The award acknowledges outstanding land developments and revitalization achievements throughout Montgomery County.

The awards honor developers, consultants, organizations, and municipalities for their enhancement of Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and the Montgomery County Planning Commission Board will hold an awards presentation for the winners at 10:30 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 14, in the Montgomery Conference Room (Suite 202) of One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown.

The Cynwyd Heritage Trail is a two-mile, recreation trail that follows the former SEPTA Cynwyd regional rail line in Bala Cynwyd.

Completed in the fall of 2011, the rails-to-trails project transformed some 60 acres of overgrown and underutilized land into a dynamic, 21st century linear public park, connecting public lands with existing natural and recreational resources, and open public space.

The trail begins at the Cynwyd Station, the final stop on the active SEPTA regional rail Cynwyd line, and ends at Belmont Avenue near the Green Lane Bridge over the Schuylkill River.

A ribbon-cutting for the trailhead and the refurbished Cynwyd Station will be held on Sun., Oct. 28 (details to come).

The park, helped along by the volunteer group Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail, has two trails. In addition to the central paved surface, a second trail – constructed from “soft” compacted gravel – is provided as a slower-speed walking trail. This soft-surface trail diverges from the main trail and runs along a wooded stream bank.

Planned future phases will provide Lower Merion Township residents with the opportunity to connect to a vast regional and national trail system that will someday include the long-derelict Manayunk Bridge, the Schuylkill River Trail, the Wissahickon Trail, the East Coast Greenway, and other planned connections.