By Chris Ullery
Supervisors in both townships are expected to vote on resolutions endorsing the national memorial trail connecting several Sept. 11 memorial sites at meetings on Tuesday.
Supervisors in Doylestown Township and Solebury might join the growing number of supporters for a 1,300-mile trail connecting three memorials of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Resolutions supporting the Sept. 11 National Memorial Trail — which will cut through several Bucks County communities — is on Tuesday’s agendas for both townships.
Doylestown Township officials meet at 4 p.m. and Solebury supervisors meet at 7 p.m.
The resolutions are essentially official statements of support, but endorsements like these can be a significant step toward generating awareness about the project, said Andy Hamilton, chairman of the Sept. 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance.
“This trail gets built by collaborative support,” Hamilton said Monday. He added that the trail overlays onto existing multi-modal trails and “on-road” paths where possible.
Hamilton, a Doylestown-area resident and chairman of the state’s Department of Conservation and National Resources Trail Advisory Committee, said the project has had endorsement from officials in multiple states and counties, and said a similar federal resolution is working through Congress.
“The (memorial trail) is a multipurpose trail system that provides cyclists, hikers and walkers a valued public resource and an opportunity to experience breathtaking landscapes, explore new towns and engage in this unique historic trail,” a draft of both resolutions state.
According to the alliance’s website, the trail travels south from the World Trade Center in New York into New Jersey and follows a large portion of the Delaware & Raritan Canal before crossing into Morrisville on the Calhoun Street Bridge.
The route then follows a trail through Lower Southampton and Yardley, then through Washington Crossing Historic Park before joining River Road in New Hope and traveling existing roads into Doylestown Borough.
An existing multi-purpose trail along the state Route 202 bypass continues the route into Montgomery County before heading into Philadelphia.
Hamilton originally presented the project using the bypass trail and Neshaminy Greenway trails as part of “the circuit” for the memorial trail last year in Dolyestown Township, 2017 meeting minutes state.
Doylestown Borough council members endorsed the trail in October, and Hamilton said he intends to reach out to the remaining communities to pass similar resolutions in the future.
Bucks County Commissioners endorsed the trail by resolution on Sept. 6, 2017.