Don’t worry! If you’re a resident of Weissport, you might be a little frightened that the muddy, barren lot now occupied by a pile of cinders and some machinery will end up as an eye sore.
We can assure you that as soon as warmer weather returns, the parking lot of the new trailhead will be improved, the new trail surface will be installed, and the long embankment that parallels the railroad tracks will be stabilized with native grasses and trees. We even hope to get our Trail Tenders working on the area of the bank, where the canal passes under Bridge Street. So, brighter, greener days are in the not-so-distant future.
Until then, we are working on the parts of the project that can be completed during winter weather. In the last week, crews constructed a timber-frame pavilion at the north end of the trailhead. The pavilion rests on four, laid-stone platforms that match the new stone work along the canal. In the next few weeks, a red, metal roof will be added and the wood will be stained. When completed, the pavilion will house two picnic tables.
The trail is open during construction, but please use caution when traversing the construction site, as sporadic work will continue throughout the winter and early spring. Work on the parking lot will temporarily close the trailhead later in the Spring.
Hang in there and check back for further updates! This promises to be a beautiful trailhead when it is complete.