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JIM THORPE, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) today announced that the Borough of Weatherly will receive $20,000 in state funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development Act 13 Greenways, Recreation, and Trails program.

“The Greenways, Recreation, and Trails program is designed to fund projects that will develop, rehabilitate, and improve our local parks, trails, and recreation areas,” said Yudichak. “Tourism is a valuable economical asset to the residents of Carbon County and is an important job creator in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

“The Rails to Trails project is a wonderful resource for our area. It is great to see fitness, recreation and tourism come together to provide opportunities for family fun,” said Heffley. “It is important that we continue to expand our trail system to ensure that all Carbon County communities can access this wonderful resource.”

Weatherly will receive this funding to help complete a trail feasibility study. The borough plans to develop a five mile hiking/biking trail between the borough and the Lehigh Gorge State Park. The trail would create economic opportunities not only for the borough and its residents, but also for surrounding communities.