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Future Trails 2014: "Founding to Freedom", Part I

We will meet at the south end of Penrose Plaza on Island Road (the end farthest from Lindbergh Avenue, nearer to KMart/Dollar Tree), at the terminus of the #36 "Green Line" Trolley (just up Island Avenue from I-95, also accessible by by SEPTA's #108 bus from 69th St Terminal at the north end of the Plaza).  We will use the historically informative sculpture within close sight of the terminus to quickly trace 300 years of history before we begin our walk.  Between 11:45 and noon, we will reach  Eastwick train station (SEPTA's "Airport" Regional Rail Line) where we will meet those not able to join us earlier.  (Next Generation 200 mph High Speed Amtrak train station and lines being proposed for the area will be explained.)   

This walk will highlight a lost section of Philadelphia, the route of the old Chester trolley, remains of colonial tidal Minquas Creek,  and extensive meadows of a disputed land development subdivision overlooking the Heinz-Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge.  Between 12:30 and 1pm we will take a break at the award-winning Cusano Environmental Center (in the Refuge) and review plans amidst the informative displays at the Center.  Depending on group consensus, there will be an option to walk a hiking loop of the Refuge trail system which includes the Trolley Bed Trail. (This would add about an hour to the event, returning to the Center around 2pm.)  

After we leave the Center, we will proceed around the Clearview Landfill "mountain" on Redevelopment Authority-owned residential commons, view lower tidal Cobbs Creek, and discuss the coming new linear park and riparian buffer forming part of the Cobbs Creek Park Trail Extension (said to to be the Mayor's top off-road trail priority).  The Extension will eventually connect with (and form part of) the East Coast Greenway (to the south), thereby linking the Refuge with Cobbs Creek Parkway and Historic Blue Bell Inn via the north end of Island Road. We will return to Penrose Plaza via Lindbergh Boulevard, saving the connection to the Blue Bell Inn for our next event in the series.

This is the first in a series exploring a planned "through trail" (connecting with the East Coast Greenway) between the Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge and Valley Forge National Historical Park, via the Cobbs Creek, Radnor, and newly-completed Chester Valley Trails.  Scott Maits will be lead organizer for this series, sharing his knowledge of plans being considered as well as older and more recent history.

We will likely continue updating the specific descriptions as each event gets closer.

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