Brookville volunteers have improved the Redbank Valley Trail

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Regarding Larry Walsh’s July 26 article “Exploring This Year’s ‘Trail of the Year’,” I say wow! I wouldn’t want to hike that trail either unless I knew:

• That Brookville Borough Council authorized and installed directional signage to the temporary trailhead in June;

• That in July an ad hoc committee requested additional signage to the temporary trailhead for installation on Main Street;

• That an interested citizen paid for the signage;

• That a large group of Redbank Trail supporters met with borough council to urge the release of funding to complete the Depot Street spur to Brookville in July;

• That the ad hoc committee has posted signage and maps along Main Street (the kiosk at the courthouse, among other places) to help visitors know where maps, free water and restrooms are available;

• And that the ad hoc committee is pursuing with borough council a change in the zoning code so more benches and bike racks may be added to Main Street.

If I knew these things, I’d applaud the many, many volunteers who have spent days and days to construct the Redbank Valley Trail and the many volunteers who are working hard to develop Historic Brookville not only as an amenable trail town but as a gateway to Cook Forest, a respite for travelers on Interstate 80, and a welcoming small town for hikers and bikers.

If I knew these things, I’d be planning a bike trip on the Redbank Valley Trail for next spring to note the positive changes, and I’d start my bike trip at the new trailhead across from the Giant Eagle, the trailhead that will replace the temporary trailhead on Maple Street.

Carole A. Briggs
The writer is a trail volunteer.

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