The grand opening of the newest D&L Trailhead in Lehighton will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The celebration will follow Leadership Carbon's Hippy Run/Walk 5K.
The already popular trailhead, located along Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard, is the result of several community organizations and the municipal partners. Proceeds from the event benefit educational scholarships.
Establishing an exceptional trailhead near downtown Lehighton is especially important to borough leaders.
The pavilion, interpretive signage and parking will provide an inviting access point to the 165-mile multiuse D&L Trail that extends from the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, along rivers and through the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County.
Heading south from this point, trail users will now be able to bike, walk or run to Lehigh Gap Nature Center, the Slate Heritage Trail at Slatington, through Laurys Station to Cementon in Lehigh County.
Looking toward the future, convenient access to the D&L Trail also offers an attractive reason to stop and explore Lehighton as well as improve community health.
The borough continues to plant the seeds of downtown revitalization and draw attention to riverfront properties.
"This is a great step forward," said borough manager Nicole Beckett.
"In addition to the economic development, the trailhead/trail promotes healthy and active lifestyles for our residents and visitors. Also it makes Sergeant Stanley Hoffman Boulevard more attractive."
Leadership Carbon obtained $1,375 from the Carbon County Tourism Grants for the interpretive kiosk that has been placed at the trailhead.
The group also volunteered its efforts toward the beautification of the trailhead including the planters, plantings and kiosk. It has also arranged for cleanup of Lehigh Drive before the event.
The borough of Lehighton provided the skill and manual labor for the site work, sign installation and pavilion construction.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor coordinated the project and provided matching funds through its Visually Speaking and Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape Mini Grant programs.
Funding from D&L is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation & Conservation Environmental Stewardship Fund.
Community leaders, local dignitaries as well as members of the Leadership Carbon Class of 2014 are expected to attend the event.
For more information about the project contact Scott Everett at 610-923-3548, ext. 232.