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Planning Survey

Planning Survey

Beaver County, Pa Planning Survey

The Beaver County Commissioners and the Department of Recreation and Tourism are seeking input from residents and organizations about the future of recreation, parks, trails, and open space throughout the area. They would like to hear from you concerning your wants, needs, and desires for trails across the region. 

Please communicate your support for the Ohio River Trail Council and the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition by completing this short survey in support of greenways.  To complete the survey visit -www.surveymonkey.com/r/BeaverCountyRecPlanPlease support the Ohio River Trail Project by emphasizing the need for greenways and blueways. 

If you prefer a printed copy of the survey, request one by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can follow the planning process and share your comments by visiting the project blog at http://beavercountyrecreation.blogspot.com.

In addition, below are the dates for the public meetings.

Public Meetings Schedule:

August 5th – Old Economy Village, 270 Sixteenth Street, Ambridge – Education Class Room/Visitors Center
August 6th – Beaver County Court House, 810 Third Street, Beaver – Commissioners Conference Room
August 12th – Geneva College, 3200 College Avenue, Beaver Falls – Alexander Dining Hall, Benedum Room
August 13th – Community College of Beaver County, 1 Campus Drive, Monaca – Room 9103
 
To review the current Beaver County Recreation Plan, visit here.
 
The Ohio River Greenway Trail is a multi-use trail project spearheaded by the Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC), a multifaceted, non-profit volunteer-led public benefit corporation. The ORTC, founded in 2009, is composed of a dedicated and visionary leadership, which embraces a team strategy to implement our initiatives, encourage collaboration, and provide a forum for recreational users, local citizens, municipal managers and council members to share knowledge with the intention to guarantee a bright future for our rivers, forests, and towns.

The Ohio River Trail Council is also proud to be a member of the Industrial Heartland Trail Coalition in which the Ohio River Trail is a critical component. The Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC) mission is to complete and connect a system of 1,600 miles of trails in order that local and visiting trail users can walk and bike from trail to trail, city to city, and town to town. The system is 53% complete, which includes the renowned Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). To learn more about the IHTC, click here.  

The Ohio River Trail initiative is also a component of the historic Lewis & Clark Trail, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Pennsylvania's Rural Farm and Village History Trail, the Underground Railroad Trail and is segment of the Cleveland/Ashtabula to Pittsburgh Trail.

The Ohio River Greenway Trail will unite the “Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway” in Columbiana County, Ohio to the “Great Allegheny Passage” in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and continuing on the C&O Canal Towpath, forming a 500+-mile mega-trail system from the great lakes region to the east coast.

The support for the Ohio River Trail Greenway Trail Comprehensive Plan is widespread. The Ohio River Trail Council is achieving this broad vision by establishing greenway alliances with local, regional, and national trail interest groups in order to advance our common goals and interests. The National Park Service Rivers Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program has provided an unprecedented five years of technical assistance to the Ohio River Trail Council. 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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—Bob Weir, Grateful Dead
When man invented the bicycle, he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.
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Greenways can draw people together in their communities to provide open spaces for all close to their own homes. They have the potential to be this country's most important land-based effort for conservation and recreation in the next several decades. They can draw private and local entities into lead roles in provision of recreation opportunities. They can capitalize on the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans and give pride of accomplishment and responsibility to millions of people in every community. They can protect vital water, fish, wildlife, and recreation resources as integral parts of the growth of cities and communities. And, if greenways truly capture the imagination and boldness of the American spirit, they could eventually form the corridors that connect open spaces, parks, forests, and deserts— and Americans— from sea to shining sea. 
—President Reagan’s Commission on American Outdoors, Americans and the Outdoors, 1986
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—John P. Murtha, U.S. Congressman (D-Penn)

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