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Montco Trail Challenge begins May 5

May 2, 2018 GMT

The Montgomery County Office of Public Health, in partnership with the Planning Commission, Commissioners, and Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites, is sponsoring a family-friendly Trail Challenge for all ages.

The Montco Trail Challenge is an opportunity for families and individuals of all ages to exercise, explore, and experience the traffic-free network of parks, trails, and historic sites throughout the county.

Selected parks and trails throughout the county have been identified and assigned their own unique shape which is mounted at trail heads or parking lots.

Upon visiting the listed parks and trails, participants have to find and correctly identify the designated shape, similar to a scavenger hunt.

Depending on how many trails or parks participants visit, tiered educational reinforcements can be earned.

Please see the attached documents for more information and for Montco Trail Challenge Card Pick-Up locations. More information can also be found on the following website, where cards can also be printed: www.montcopa.org/trailchallenge.

Persons can also contact Kristi Goodman with any questions or if you are interested in receiving Montco Trail Challenge cards, who can be reached at (610) 278-5117 x 6779 or at kgoodwin@montcopa.org.

A portion of the Schuylkill River

Trail is to be closed temporarily

Swede and Ford streets in Norristown beginning the evening of Sunday, May 6. The portion of the trail, about 0.7 miles, is planned to be closed from 6 p.m. on May 6 through 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 12.

There will be no official detour designated for the closure. Trail users can use local streets to find the route that is most convenient to them.

The closure is needed in order to complete a section of the Lafayette Street Extension Project.

The viaduct that carries the existing trail will be demolished east of DeKalb Street to rebuild part of the trail in its new location. The full relocation of the trail will be completed by the end of the closure.

The necessary work was scheduled in order to avoid closure during weekend

hours as much as possible, however, the schedule may vary based on weather.