Local and regional officials and funders celebrate at the September 4 groundbreaking at the Garrett trailhead.
Digging in: Celebrating the beginnings of new trail in Somerset County, PA
The skies cleared on Friday, September 4, 2020 just in time for a festive celebration of the new trail segment to be built in Somerset County, PA, beginning at the Garrett trailhead of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, leading through the borough of Garrett, and onto a former rail bed. Later phases of construction will take the trail north through Berlin to the Flight 93 National Memorial.
By David Hurst, Tribune-Democrat
New activity through the region’s recreations spaces, its rivers — and even two of its busiest roads — provides reason for optimism across the Johnstown region in 2020, area leaders said. While the past year has brought progress on routes 219 and 22, the region’s growing network of hiking and biking trails is expected to continue to make headlines in the year ahead across the region.
The United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 267 by unanimous consent on September 11, 2019, to recognize the September 11th National Memorial Trail “as an important trail and greenway all individuals should enjoy in honor of the heroes of September 11th.” The House of Representatives is considering a similar measure, House Resolution 384.
In a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial, Robin Beres writes, "U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., have collaborated on a resolution that aims to recognize the 1,300-mile September 11th National Memorial Trail. The multi-use trail, first envisioned by Virginian David Brickley just days after the tragedy, is a network of roads and paths that connects the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City."