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Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission needs public's help with upkeep

Published September 18. 2012 05:01PM

Members of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission are seeking the public's help in the continued maintenance of the towpath.

They will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the pavilion at the Weissport trailhead.

The Lehigh Canal runs from Jim Thorpe to Parryville and is owned by the towns of Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Weissport, Parryville and East Penn, Franklin, and Mahoning townships.

Each municipality appoints one representative to the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission. The LCRC is tasked with keeping the towpath clear and open for the public. This work includes cutting grass and weeds; installing signs, picnic tables and benches; and eradicating invasive species.

Last year there was major damage due to flooding in the Jim Thorpe section. With the help of the D&L, the Lehigh Canal Commission was able to repair the damage. However, its equipment is old and long passed it's expected life.

The annual income of approximately $2,200 is not enough to tend to the maintenance of the six miles of canal and towpath. Members are asking for public support to allow them to maintain the towpath and to pave the parking lot.

A savings account has been set up at Jim Thorpe National Bank. Anyone wishing to help can make a donation at any branch to the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission or send checks to Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission, care of Jim Thorpe National Bank, 12 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, Pa. 18229.

Anyone who would like to make an equipment donation or volunteer their time, should contact Dennis Bauchspies at (610) 377-1392.

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