Allentown, PA – June 8, 2018 – During his hike from Allentown to Cementon today, Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) stopped at the Allentown Waterfront to highlight the importance of closing the gaps on the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail.
“Pennsylvania is a better Commonwealth when it can combine the celebration of its rich industrial history with the conservation of its beautiful natural resources,” said Senator Yudichak. “I am hiking all 165 miles of the D&L Trail to raise awareness to the simple fact that no outdoor recreational asset better combines history and conservation than the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor.”
Senator Yudichak was joined by Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton), Representative Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh County). Elissa Garofalo, D&L National Heritage Corridor Executive Director, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, St Luke’s University Health Network and other state and local officials as he hiked through the section of the D&L Trail that features the Allentown waterfront.
“The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a transportation, environmental, economic, and health asset in addition, to a recreational amenity. We have over 20 partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors working to close the highest priority trail gap between Allentown and Whitehall,” said Becky Bradley, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. “Collectively, we envision that this will become the Lehigh Valley’s version of the San Antonio Riverwalk; creating over $100 million in new opportunities, and providing a seamless walking and biking commuter and recreational corridor.”
“We are grateful for regional partners like the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and our legislative delegation in the Lehigh Valley who have championed the D&L Trail and are working diligently to help us close the gaps on the trail here in Allentown,” said Elissa Garofalo, D&L National Heritage Corridor Executive Director.
In addition to highlighting the gaps on the trail, Senator Yudichak also highlighted the importance of people getting out and enjoying time on the trail. St. Luke’s University Health Network, which has teamed up with the D&L Trail for the Get Your Tail on the Trail initiative.
“Our best wishes to the senator as he continues his journey hiking 165 miles along the beautiful D&L. Not only do his efforts highlight the history of the trail’s significance to the economic growth of the region, but his hike provides people a better look at how the trail impacts tourism and recreation, today,” said Ken Szydlow, St. Luke’s Vice President for Marketing. “Like the Senator, St. Luke’s is a strong supporter of the Heritage Corridor and has partnered with the D&L to create a wellness program, called Get Your Tail on the Trail, now in its fifth year, which encourages people to get healthy by walking, hiking or biking along the region’s trail system.”
Senator Yudichak pledged to walk the D&L trail, the longest in Pennsylvania if the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII. After today’s leg, Senator Yudichak will have completed 115 miles of the trail. For more information on Senator Yudichak’s journey on the D&L Trail, please visit www.senatoryudichak.com/takeahike.