Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ask Lower Merion & Montco to Help Build the Trail Over Manayunk Bridge

Friends of Cynwyd Heritage Trail is rallying support to ask Lower Merion Township and Montgomery County to contribute funds to help build a trail over the Manayunk Bridge. This will be a beautiful, one-of-a-kind trail and there are several ways you can help!
View of Manayunk Bridge from the Cynwyd  Heritage Trail

Lower Merion Township Planning Department wants to apply for a state grant of $500,000  to help fund the building of a trail atop the Manayunk Bridge that will connect Lower Merion to Philadelphia. However, this grant is contingent upon Lower Merion Township (and possibly) Montgomery County together matching that funding.

Last week, the Lower Merion's Parks and Recreation Committee voted to recommend that the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners authorize the township to match the state's $500k grant.

The Lower Merion Board of Commissioners next meet on March 21st and will vote on the measure.

What You Can Do

For residents of Lower Merion Township:

Email your Township Commissioner
  • Send a short email encouraging him or her to vote "yes" to guarantee up to $500,000 to fund the trail over the Manayunk Bridge. The more you customize the email with your experience and outlook, the more effective it will be. As even a small number of letters can have considerable impact - yours can be decisive!
Send the email to your Commissioner (click here to found out who that is) and copy:
Scott Zelov (Chairman) 
Jane Delheim (Co-Chair):
Brian McGuire (Co-Chair)
Eileen Trainer (Township Secretary):

Attend the Full Commission Meeting on
March 21st (Wear your green Cynwyd Heritage Trail T-shirt)
7:55 PM
Township Administration Bldg
2nd Floor Board Room
75 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA

Residents of Montgomery County can:
Send an email to all  three County Commissioners
  • The County is being asked to also help contribute toward the match along.  Ask Commissioners Shapiro, Richards and Castor to support a County contribution toward the match by April 4th.  Send a personal email to
Residents outside of Montgomery County can:
Sign this online petition

We will make sure all Township and County Commissioners see the petition signers. Thanks!