Groundbreaking for New Six-Mile Trail

Courtesy of Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Park officials held a groundbreaking ceremony early Thursday to celebrate the start of construction for a new trail coming to Montgomery County that will connect the Muddy Branch Stream Valley to South Germantown Recreational Park.

Pepco Trail is a six-mile, natural surface, multi-use trail that is being created and maintained through a collaboration between Montgomery Parks, Pepco and the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE).  Montgomery Parks will construct and patrol the trail and MORE will maintain it. Pepco is the landowner of the trail, according to a news release.

The total cost of constructing the trail is approximately $185,000, according to Montgomery Parks spokesperson, Melissa Chotiner.

“For years no one believed we could make this happen but the dedicated work of trail advocates and Pepco’s commitment to seeing this project through means that bicyclists, hikers, runners and equestrians will have access to six miles of new recreational trails,”  said Casey Anderson, chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board, in a statement.  “These trails will link users to our own parks trail system and other important destinations, including employment centers, shopping and transit. This project sets an example for how community advocates and the public and private sectors can work together successfully and I’m grateful to everyone who played a role in making this project a reality.”

Chotiner said funding and weather permitting, residents can expect parts of the trail to be open to the public in May.

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Mitti Hicks

About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at MHicks@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter @mittimegan.

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One Response to “Groundbreaking for New Six-Mile Trail”

  1. On February 3, 2018 at 2:35 pm responded with... #

    The video of the Pepco Trail Groundbreaking ceremony on January 25 is now on YouTube.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N40L16divMc




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