Trail Extension Brings Chester Closer to Delaware River and East Coast Greenway That Connects Maine to Florida

East Coast Greenway extension map and photos

A planned East Coast Greenway that connects 450 towns for 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida will include Chester and the Delaware River, writes Frank Kummer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Chester will be the site of an East Coast Greenway extension that will give residents better access to the river. The extension would protect parts of the Delaware River coastal zone by creating hiking and biking trails.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is providing $574,974 in funding for 12 projects scattered throughout the region to protect the coastal zone.

One $60,000 grant would go to the Chester extension.

Chester has an existing, multi-use 1.3-mile-long segment of the East Coast Greenway Trail, along the Delaware River waterfront, plus a pedestrian path.

The new funding would connect the existing trail with the Norris Street Trail and would eventually allow users to cross PA 291, part of a larger three-mile trail loop.

Another $40,000 has been allocated to Marcus Hook to develop a Delaware River pier removal and reconstruction master plan for Market Square Memorial Park.

Overall, more than 1,000 miles of the East Coast Greenway have been completed.

Read more in The Philadelphia Inquirer.