Valley In Motion is working to improve safe and equitable access to the Scranton’s portion of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. The trail is an important asset for the city, and improving sidewalks, street crossings, and visual access to the trail benefits the entire community. The project’s recommendations will help more people in the surrounding neighborhoods walk and bike to the trail.

Funding for the work comes the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Working with Trust for Public Land and the City of Scranton, VIM will coordinate other partners to gather input on physical and psychological barriers to trail access.

“City parks and open spaces improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our cities and neighborhoods more attractive places to live and work,” said Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti. “Safe walking, biking and trail routes allow all members of the community a chance to enjoy the outdoors and get physical and mental health benefits.”