Countryside Conservancy will hold a formal groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 27 at an entrance to the Trolley Trail at the Church of the Epiphany in Glenburn 11 a.m. The ceremony will be attended by Secretary Richard Allan of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
From 1908 to 1932, the Northern Electric Street Railway operated trolley service from Scranton through the towns of Chinchilla, Clarks Summit, Glenburn, Dalton, La Plume, Factoryville and the Lithia Valley to the resort community of Lake Winola. After the trolley line ceased operations when the company filed for bankruptcy, James K. Peck acquired the remaining right-of-way segments in 1945. His wife, Rosamond "Roz" Peck, one of the original founders of Countryside Conservancy, became interested in the idea of converting the former right-of-way into a non-motorized community recreational trail that would reconnect the small towns along the former trolley alignment.
On Dec. 14, 2011, DCNR announced the award of $566,000 to Countryside Conservancy through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The grant will fund the development of approximately 2.8 miles of trail from Clarks Summit to the Dalton Borough line.
The vision of the Trolley Trail is to be a contiguous non-motorized multi-use trail that is not only used for recreation, but a route of alternative transportation that connects the local towns. The trail will also be a vehicle to inform and educate users of the history of the former trolley line and heritage of the regions and its people. The Conservancy's goal is for the Trolley Trail to become a destination point and a valued link in the regional, statewide and national trail network.
Funding parties and supporters of this project along with local dignitaries and Conservancy members will be on hand for this long awaited event. The public is invited to attend.
Countryside Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving lands and waters in and near the Tunkhannock Creek Watershed for public benefit in the present and future. For more information, visit www.countrysideconservancy.org.