WEST ROCKHILL >> Almost 400 towns, including West Rockhill, are part of the Circuit.
A resolution supporting the Circuit Trails and its goal of building 180 more miles of trails by 2025, bringing the Circuit Trails to 500 miles, was approved by the West Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors at its April 19 meeting.
“It’s trying to connect trails all throughout the region,” West Rockhill Township Manager Greg Lippincott said.
“This is a huge trail plan for the Greater Philadelphia area,” Judith Decker, township secretary/assistant to the manager, said.
The Circuit Trails are a connected system of multi-purpose trails in the nine counties — Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Glouchester — covered by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, according to information in the resolution.
West Rockhill is one of the 385 towns that is part of the Circuit, the resolution said.
“This allows DVRPC and other large agencies like Pennsylvania Environmental Council to get grant monies to build trails,” Decker said of the support resolution.
“And what does West Rockhill get out of that grant money?” asked board Chairman Jay Keyser. “Does any come here?”
“Yes, we’re trying to,” Lippincott said.
One of the ways that could happen is with the planned Liberty Bell Trail, he said.
West Rockhill is part of a group of local towns currently working together on updating the plans for the Bucks County portion of the Liberty Bell Trail, which was conceived to roughly follow the one-time Liberty Bell Trolley lines between Norristown and Quakertown.
Information about the Circuit Trails is available at circuittrails.org.
Benefits of the trails include giving access to natural, cultural and historical sites; health and economic benefits; health care savings; enhanced real estate values; and increased activity, according to the resolution.
“I think it’s a really good thing for our township and for the whole community,” board member Jim Miller said.