Trail Volunteer Fund
Great Allegheny Passage, Yough River Trail Council,
Planter Garden

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This project establishes a planter garden along the Great Allegheny Passage as it passes through Connellsville

Roughly 1 million visitors ride the Great Allegheny Passage each year. As trail users approach the cities and towns along the Passage, it is important to create a safe and appealing transition from a “wilderness” experience to a more urban one. The Great Allegheny Passage Planter Garden will be a series of garden plots along the Great Allegheny Passage as it enters town. The garden plots will accomplish the goal of welcoming trail users into Connellsville’s downtown core by beautifying the trail and creating an attractive and utilitarian barrier between cyclists and cars.

The plots will grow produce, herbs, and flowers, which will be sold at markets and to businesses in the area and will help to increase community connectivity (to each other and the trail itself). The garden plots will create a visible link between outdoor recreation, local foods and a healthy lifestyle; all the while encouraging increased and innovative use of the Passage as a community resource. Any profits will help support the expansion of the Great Allegheny Passage Planter Garden. The gardens will be tended by a number of volunteers from the community including children, senior citizens, and those in between. Organizations such as the local YMCA Silver Sneakers, faith communities, and youth organizations will volunteer.

The grant from the Trail Volunteer Fund provides hand tools for use by the garden volunteers.

Grant awarded June 2009

 
   
   

 


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