On Saturday, June 28, 2014, Delaware Water Gap, PA, will officially become an Appalachian Trail Community.
Our friends at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, especially Julie Judkins, will host the celebration along with the Borough of Delaware Water Gap and the Wilmington Trail Club (WTC), at the Church of the Mountain gazebo at the corner of Main Street and Shepard Avenue.
"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate Delaware Water Gap as an A.T. Community(TM) partner in Pennsylvania that is helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail," said Julie Judkins, community program manager for the ATC. "These new partnerships increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning and support healthy lifestyles for community citizens."
The dedication is scheduled for 10:30 AM with a proclamation signing and the presentation of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs 125th Incorporation Anniversary plaque.
All sorts of fun stuff is planned afterwards, including a guided tour leaving from the Hikers Center. The event will conclude with a historical hike of Lake Lenape at 12:30 PM and a moderately strenuous, 2.2-mile hike up to Mt. Minsi with the WTC at 2 PM.
Honored guests and speakers at the designation ceremony include Wendy Janssen, superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Ron Tipton, ATC's executive director and CEO; Robert Gallagher, Delaware Water Gap mayor; John Donahue, superintendent of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area; Rep. Rosemary Brown, 189th District Pennsylvania; Chuck Cooper of the A.T. Committee; Chair John Moyer of Monroe County; and Deputy Executive Director Jeff Heishman of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. ATC Regional Director Karen Lutz will emcee the event.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Created in 2010, the A.T. Community(TM) program serves to recognize communities that promote and protect the A.T. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation.
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
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