The City of Allentown today celebrated the official ribbon cutting of Jordan Creek Greenway, the newest addition to the City’s trail system.
The Jordan Creek Greenway is a 1.7-mile paved multi use trail along the west side of Jordan Creek. It includes various amenities including shared lane pavement markings, regulatory and directional signage, sidewalk improvements, pedestrian scale lighting, roadway light improvements, custom trail signage, ADA ramp upgrades, rectangular rapid flashing beacon signals for safer trail crossings at Gordon Street and Sumner Avenue trail crossings, informational kiosks, and trash receptacles.
“This trail provides a new entry point for people to ride, walk, and run,” said Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk. “One of the goals of the Vision 2030 plan is the creation of a network of greenways and urban trails. The addition of Jordan Creek Greenway gets us a step closer to that goal and provides equitable access to our parks and safe access to green spaces for our residents.”
The project received funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Harry C. Trexler Trust and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
“This is a prime example of the power of partnerships bringing together communities for the benefit of all residents and visitors,” said Interim Parks Director Rick Holtzman. “The addition of the Jordan Creek Greenway Trail will increase connectivity for all to enjoy the great park system we have in Allentown.”
“It is the residents of Allentown, our City officials, and our valued Allentown parks department staff who should be appreciated today,” said Barnet H. Fraenkel, Trustee of the Harry C. Trexler Trust. “Your efforts to improve, maintain and extend this park system are felt by children, adults, and elders not only in our City but throughout Lehigh County. This new trail connects us in so many ways – physically to the parks and to the water and emotionally to our treasured environment. Thank you.”
The trailhead is located at W. Turner and N. Jordan Streets in Allentown and travels north to and through Jordan Park, ending at MacArthur Road at the intersection with North 6th Street Extension. The trail includes a shared roadway section along North Meadow Street from Tilghman Street.