In November, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) awarded $241,000 to a partnership of Sayre Borough, Athens Borough, and the Valley Joint Sewer Authority. The funding will assist in constructing a trail along the Susquehanna River in Sayre and Athens; it comprises a portion of the $321,940 total project cost. Securing funding was truly a partnership as Bradford County, Sayre Borough, Athens Borough, Civil and Environmental Consultants, and Todd Babcock, PLS, all committed either cash funds or in-kind services to provide the match needed for the grant and assist in completing this project.
NTRPDC assisted the boroughs in project planning and grant application preparation. Futurescapes, a local nonprofit that has spearheaded this effort, brought together Sayre and Athens as well as other key organizations to address riverfront recreation. The Diahoga Trail, as it will be known, is planned to connect the Athens Bridge to the Hayden Street/Higgins Avenue plateau in Sayre. The vision for the trail is to ultimately extend it northward beyond the Hayden Street/ Higgins Avenue access point.
When complete, the trail will connect multiple other trails and area parks and provide a safe way for residents and visitors to view the river and enjoy outdoor recreation. Many residents already walk near or along the river, but do so either on the road by the Athens Bridge or by creating their own path through the woods.
Futurescapes; Susquehanna Greenway Partnership; Bradford County Conservation District; Endless Mountains Heritage Region; Todd Babcock, PLS; Civil and Environmental Consultants; NTRPDC; Athens Borough; Sayre Borough; and the Valley Joint Sewer Authority.
Over the past few months, the communities of Athens and Sayre have worked with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) to be designated as Susquehanna Greenway River Towns. The communities earned the title by completing an application and agreeing to advance projects that will connect people to the river and connect the valley to the larger Susquehanna Greenway system. The River Town designation effort is led by Futurescapes, a non-profit organization, that was created after severe flooding devastated the Athens and Sayre region in 2011. The group coordinates the region’s long-term recovery process which was spearheaded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. As part of this recovery process, Futurescapes actively looks to plan and implement projects that improve the quality of life for Athens and Sayre area residents and businesses. The River Town designation effort is also supported by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region.
Bradford County Code Red -Warning System
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Block Captain Warning System: We set up this neighborhood warning system for emergency notification of borough residents. Since that time, Code Red has replaced this system more efficiently.
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