COCHRANTON — Is it possible to further the Cochranton Area Greenways Trail throughout Cochranton, to connect it with other regional trails and, further down the road, with a national trail system running from Washington, D.C., to Buffalo, N.Y.?

If community support continues coming like it did at Cochranton’s recent Greenways Day, there’s no question about it, according to the trail’s volunteer committee.

The event Saturday at Lions Park marked the official opening of the first stretch of the paved trail, and kicked-off fundraising for the committee’s plan to expand the trail and connect it with Ernst Trail in Meadville and the Justus/Allegheny Valley Trail in Franklin.

Future expansion of the trail will be “one big undertaking,” committee President Dale Shreve said, but “we can do this.”

One of Saturday’s events, the Greenways Community Chili Cook-Off, raised approximately $625 to benefit the trail, according to organizer Allison Mack.

The committee also kicked-off the Greenways’ Buy-a-Brick fundraising campaign. For $50, families, groups and/or individuals may purchase a brick to be engraved and placed near the back of Lions Park. All proceeds will benefit the trail’s future expansion. Checks may be made payable to the Cochranton Area Greenways Committee in care of Bob Jehn, 180 South Atlantic Ave., Cochranton, Pa. 16314. n More information: Call Greenways Secretary Peggy Massung at 425-2207.



Ryan Smith can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at rsmith@meadvilletribune.com



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