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By D&L Director of Trails & Conservation, Claire Sadler
If you have read my spring article about THE LINK, you’ll remember that last November alongside multiple regional partners, we launched the new brand for THE LINK Trail Network, Lehigh Valley’s network of about 125 miles of multi-use trail with more planned for the future. This network brand was created to embrace the stronger together mentality. Everyone benefits when long sections of trail are linked together and to towns and destinations but that does not happen unless the organizations that plan, build, maintain, and promote trails work together with a common voice and vision.
The exciting news since spring is the launch of an expanded website full of resources for residents and visitors to learn about THE LINK, and yes, that is supposed to be in all caps every time. The website at www.thelinktrails.com went live at the end of May just in time for National Trails Day on June 1st and coverage by WFMZ and LehighValleyLive.
The website has a “Find Your Trail” section with individualized trail information for Lehigh and Northampton County multi-use trails. Each trail retains its own name, brand, and character but THE LINK website is a one-stop-shop for getting a consistent level of information about each of them and how they are or plan to be interconnected. If you want to choose a new place to take the kids in a stroller this weekend, but after work tomorrow you want to find a hillier trail for running, we hope www.thelinktrails.com will provide that resource. You might also find a new route to the store, park, or work allowing you to leave behind your car!
THE LINK Trails Coalition provides a common voice and vision for an interconnected network of safe, beautiful multi-use trails offering Lehigh Valley residents and visitors the opportunity for year-round outdoor recreation, alternative transportation, and healthy living. With the busy trail season upon us, we have lots of partners working together to get the word out and help people find trails, learn about the benefits of trails, and support the trails so we can continue making connections, closing trail gaps, and maintaining these unique trails that link us to nature, history, culture, and each other. Check out the new website, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and share your trail photos and questions with us!
THE LINK is supported by a growing coalition of regional partners committed to providing our area with a valuable resource we can all take advantage of.