A goal without a plan is just a wish...
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Feasibility Study

To start this exciting process of developing a multi-pronged, yet interconnected trail system, the members of the Wayne-Pike Trails & Waterways Alliance need your help to raise $40,000 in order to fund a feasibility study and plan for a trail system that would span from Dyberry Township through Honesdale, White Mills, and Hawley. We are applying for a grant that would fund half of the cost of what ultimately amounts to an $80,000 study.

The grant is through Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Space and/or Greenways Plan

Here’s more about the study from DCNR:

Planning projects “lay the groundwork” for future land acquisition, development and/or management of parks, recreational facilities, critical habitat, open space, natural areas, greenways, and river/watershed corridors ...

A municipal, county, or regionally based plan that identifies the methods, resources, organizational capacity and capital investment needed to accomplish both short term and long term recreation, open space and/or greenways goals of the community/region.

The grant allows for our group to better determine how to develop the trails, sets standards for developing the trail, and perhaps most importantly, allows the group to apply for more grant funding to execute projects of the multi-year development plan.

In other words, this study is a big deal for the future of the trail!


SCOPE OF FEASibility study

The trail and river project as proposed is a feasibility study to determine if a trail could be constructed from the Wayne County Fairgrounds to Hawley Borough. The Honesdale River Project plans to develop river trails that run through Honesdale, while connecting with Borough trails and the Stourbridge Rail & Trail at key trailheads.

The grant would be used to hire a consultant to work closely with a steering committee and County Government to determine the feasibility of constructing the trail and river project as described above. The plan or feasibility study will seek public input throughout the process, review property owner issues and concerns, lease arrangements and existing municipal and county plans which may impact this proposed project.

In addition, the plan would review possible water access and preliminary cost estimates to construct the trail or portions of the trail.

Finally, the plan would look at possible funding sources to complete the project.


Immediate goals for 2017-18

01.

Fund feasibility study and master plan with the aid of DCNR grant. Utilize findings to target more grant opportunities for future trail development. 

02.

Identify and map out key areas of immediate impact where improvements and trails could be implemented right away.

03.

Develop public community events calendar that clearly outlines meeting schedule, fundraising efforts, and clean up events. 

04.

Bring awareness to community about existing trail infrastructure and educate them about how new trial systems can connect and benefit the residents, businesses, and visitors of the region.