Poquessing Park Trail to Rush State Park nears completion

Van­dal­ism: Graf­fiti has been spot­ted around Poquess­ing Park trail.

The hik­ing and bik­ing trail now be­ing built from be­hind Jun­od Play­ground in Park­wood to the rear of Ben­jamin Rush State Park at Southamp­ton and the Boulevard should be com­pleted in Au­gust, Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation mem­bers were told June 18.

But the city’s De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation prob­ably won’t sched­ule a grand open­ing and a rib­bon-cut­ting of the Poquess­ing Park Trail un­til after Labor Day, Rob Arm­strong, the de­part­ment’s pre­ser­va­tion and cap­it­al pro­jects man­ager, told mem­bers.

It’s a bow to the real­ity of Au­gust in the city. “There won’t be any­one around,” Arm­strong said.

Work on the 1.3-mile trail began in early spring, and is just about com­plete, he told mem­bers meet­ing at Jun­od Play­ground. People already are us­ing the trail, which skirts the city’s bound­ary with Ben­s­alem Town­ship and goes through Poquess­ing Creek Park on its way to link up with the newly ren­ov­ated Ben­jamin Rush State Park.

A new bridge over nar­row Black Lake Run re­cently was de­livered in one piece and has been put in place, Arm­strong said. The trail will be black­topped be­fore work stops.

Mo­tor vehicles aren’t sup­posed to use the trail, Arm­strong said, and ad­ded there will be swing gates in­stalled at some en­trances to pre­vent ATV riders from us­ing the trail. Boulders, too, will be in­stalled throughout the area to make ATV rid­ing less at­tract­ive. City and state funds have been in­ves­ted in build­ing the trail, he said, and the city will try to pro­tect that in­vest­ment.

Arm­strong said he has found that, once people start us­ing the trail, the “neg­at­ive ele­ment” will move on.

Arm­strong said work­ers have found some areas of poor drain­age that were not caught while the trail was be­ing de­signed, but work­ers are ad­dress­ing them now.

Short dump­ing — the il­leg­al dump­ing of con­tract­ors’ debris — is go­ing on near the trail at McN­ulty Road. 

“In my opin­ion, this is the biggest prob­lem,” Arm­strong said.

Graf­fiti is an­oth­er. One res­id­ent re­por­ted that a stretch of Mech­an­ic­sville Road — the road it­self — had been tagged. City Plan­ner Kath­leen Lam­bert said res­id­ents should re­port graf­fiti as soon as they see it. 

The Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation will not meet in Ju­ly or Au­gust. The or­gan­iz­a­tion’s next ses­sion will be at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 17, at St. An­selm’s Church Hall, 12670 Dunks­ferry Road. The or­gan­iz­a­tion’s web­site is www.park­wood­now.ning.com ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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