Westtown Resident Hopes to Establish Pedestrian Trail Alongside Tracks of West Chester/Elwyn Line

Nick Rickards
Image via Bill Rettew, MediaNews Group.
Nick Rickards.

Westtown resident Nick Rickards hopes to push forward a proposal to create a paved pedestrian trail that would run next to the train tracks on the West Chester/Elwyn Line, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.

The five-mile Turks Head Trail would be constructed along the SEPTA tracks that are currently used by the West Chester Heritage Railroad to transport tourists, mostly over the weekends. As such, it would require a letter of support from SEPTA before any work could commence.

Rickards has already approached the Westtown Board of Supervisors, the West Chester Sustainability Committee, and several officials with the Chester County Planning Commission with his idea. He is hoping to build a multi-municipal team, do a feasibility study that would cost around $200,000, and then start trail planning.

“I would like more people to enjoy this amazing, scenic area,” said Rickards.

He is hoping to secure grants for the project from the DCNR, DVRPC, PA DECD, and Chester County’s Vision Partnership Program.

Read more about the potential Turks Head Trail in the Daily Local News.

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