SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The Northeastern Pennsylvania trails symposium is underway this Tuesday.
The event bringing together managers of hundreds of miles of local trails.
Many are abandoned railroad beds now used for recreation.
There’s also a move to make trails more accessible for seniors.
Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne says the trails hold many benefits for older Pennsylvanians.
“For older Pennsylvanians, 2.9 million folks in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, age 60 and over, who call Pennsylvania home, we are proud to support efforts like this. To bring communities together, to promote wellness across the lifespan. And to ensure that our trails remain vital components of revitalization and community across the commonwealth.”
Owen Worozbyt of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley added “We’re trying to accommodate for them (seniors) In future trail development. We want to make sure that the trails are more accessible for them , a little bit easier to use”
The goal is, by 2020, trail users will be able to get on the trail in the Scranton area and walk or ride all the way to Bristol near Philadelphia.