Bucks County Herald

Solebury officially opens Canal Park Trail

Cooperative effort among officials and township leaders


Crossing between parks, Robert and Jean Heath lead the way across River Road, protected by a flashing signal warning vehicles to stop for pedestrians. Solebury Township celebrated the official opening of a link between two parks Friday.

Solebury Township officially opened the River Road Section of the Township Trail at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

The path starts near the U.S. Route 202 Bridge, leads to the Delaware Canal towpath and the Delaware River in one direction and crosses the highway to Magill Hill Park in the other.

Supervisor Vice Chair Helen Tai offered remarks to the crowd on the importance of the River Road link between the existing Solebury trail and the township’s two parks.

The trail is short, only 0.3 mile, Tai said, but its significance is high and it took cooperation of many entities to accomplish. The $1.7 million cost was funded mostly by federal and state funds ($1.56 million), the rest by township taxpayers.

It includes stormwater improvements for the area and a flashing pedestrian signal for crossing at River Road (Pa. Route 32), parking for athletic fields and walking and cycling routes to New Hope and into Solebury off the main highway.

Legislators, PennDOT officials, contractors, township supervisors and administrators, park and recreation board members and residents gathered for the ribbon-cutting then crossed River Road to the Magill Hill picnic area. Dennis Carney, township manager, coordinated the project for the township. Simone Collins was the Landscape architect and C. Robert Wynne Associates was the engineering consultant.

Two ribbons were strung across the path, one for township officials, the other for state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, state Rep. Scott Petri and U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick.

Petri was especially pleased with the grass strip that separates the path from River Road. In 2014, he wrote in a letter of support to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, “This project is a key piece of non-motorized trail development that will serve the residents of Solebury Township and New Hope Borough, as well as enhance the area as a tourism destination.

“It will be an important link to a townshipwide trail starting at the gateway to Bucks County.”



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