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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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Next to a leisurely walk, I enjoy a spin on my tandem bicycle. It is splendid to feel the wind blowing in my face and the springy motion of my iron steed. The rapid rush through the air gives me a delicious sense of strength and buoyancy, and the exercise makes my pulse dance and my heart sing.
—Helen Keller
The cyclist creates everything from almost nothing, becoming the most energy-efficient of all... animals and machines and, as such, has a [genuine] ability to challenge the entire value system of a society.... The bicycle may be too cheap, too available, too healthy, too independent and too equitable for its own good. In an age of excess, it is minimal and has the subversive potential to make people happy in an economy fuelled by consumer discontent. 
—Jim McGurn
Too often, the advocates of trails and linear parks along rights-of-way come up against officials who recognize only one kind of park–the squared-off kind that comes in chunks; and one kind of recreation–the supervised kind known as ‘organized sweating.’ Such officials refuse to acknowledge that there has been a change in US recreation trends, reflected in the phenomenal growth of hiking, biking, and horseback riding… 
—Constance Stallings
We believe that the place to start … is in our communities. Americans living together and joining in associations across the country–this is where the tremendous strength and vision of our people will be tapped. We recommend a prairie fire of local action to sweep the nation, encouraging investment in outdoor recreation opportunities and rededication to the protection of our great natural heritage.   
— President Ronald Reagan's,Commission on American Outdoors, Americans and the Outdoors, 1987
Bicycle facility planning is commonly thought of as the effort undertaken to develop a separate bikeway system composed completely of bicycle paths and lanes all interconnected and spaced closely enough to satisfy all the travel needs of bicyclists. In fact, such systems can be unnecessarily expensive and do not provide for the vast majority of bicycle travel. Existing highways, often with relatively inexpensive improvements, must serve as the base system to provide for the travel needs of bicyclists. Bicycle paths and lanes can augment this existing system in scenic corridors or places where access is limited. Thus, bicycle transportation planning is more than planning for bikeways and is an effort that should consider many alternatives to provide for safe and efficient bicycle travel. 
—AASHTO, Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 1991
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