Lackawanna River Heritage Trail vandalized


FELL TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Police need your help to find the vandal who damaged part of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Several newly-planted trees were knocked over in the Carbondale area.

The trail offers a peaceful atmosphere. Those damaged trees were to add to the experience a walker has when coming here.

The newest extension to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Fell Township is a peaceful place to walk and ride bikes.

“To me, this trail is as good as any trail in the state of Pennsylvania,” Charlie Orlando of Jessup said.

For the past two weeks, crews have been working to spruce up the trail. When they came to check on concrete pads on Saturday, contractors noticed three trees up-rooted and one ripped out of the ground.

“A lot of efforts went into this trail from the Heritage Trail Foundation and to see this happening at the end phase of it for what is a beautiful trail for the community is frustrating,” Bill Warnock of JS Wright Excavation and Underground Facilities said.

Those with the Heritage Trail posted on Facebook, saying in part: “We’re constantly fighting an uphill battle. If you see someone vandalizing anything on the trail, call the City of Carbondale Police.”

“Shocked? Not really, but it is sad, and it’s too bad,” Kim Walter of Fell Township said.

This section of the trail opened last May, adding 1.5 miles to the already 30-mile trail that starts in Taylor. Outdoor enthusiasts here are frustrated it’s already a target for vandals.

“Whether you’re a biker or not, it should aggravate you. It’s something so beautiful as this trail was being vandalized for no reason at all. It’s crazy,” Orlando said.

If you have any information you are asked to contact Carbondale Police.

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