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Late April – Early May

  • Sun. 4/21, 10 AM - 3 PM, Haverford Earth Day Hikes/Bike Rides at Haverford Reserve
  • Sun. 4/21, 8 AM – 4 PM, Eagle Scout project on Llanarch to YMCA Trail
  • Sat. 4/27 9 AM to 1 PM, Cleanup the New Darby Creek Trail and Darby Creek 
  • Weekday Afternoons, Llanarch to YMCA and Powder Mill Park trail work “workouts”, join groups from YMCA, Lincoln Financial and Keller Williams or come out on your own.

Save the Date & See Future E-Mails

  • 6/2, Haverford Heritage Festival, Karakung Drive
  • 6/2, Haverford to Philadelphia Cycling Classic (Manayunk) via the Cynwyd Trail
  • May/June Weekends TBD, Hikes and Bike Rides.
  • TBD, Llanarch to YMCA and Powder Mill Park weekend trail work days.
  • TBD, Official opening by Haverford Township of the Darby Creek Trail multi-use trail segment between Glendale Park and Old West Chester Pike.
  • Flexible Schedule, let us know if you want to maintain or build any trail on your schedule.

Check email on day of hike or ride for weather update.

Details


EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: Sun. April 21, 2013 – Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebrations at Haverford Reserve “CREC”, 10 AM – 3 PM.  Celebrate Earth Day with free, fun-filled activities sponsored by Haverford Township and the Environmental Action Committee.  Highlights include hikes, bike rides, children's activities, Green Vehicle Expo (Tesla S, Nissan Leaf, Ford C-Max Energi & Focus EV, Prius C Hybrid, Hybrid-Electric Bicycles), Eco-Talks (Solar, Backyard Stormwater, Energy Conservation, How to Recycle Anything, etc.), a ceremony for the PA Green Park Award for Haverford Reserve from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and more. Snacks/light lunches will be available for purchase.  Drop-off for printer cartridges, cell phones and small electronics. Most events are located at Haverford Reserve.  See Haverford Parks web page for a full schedule (http://www.haverfordtownship.com/egov/docs/1364836648_553588.pdf).  

BIKE: Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:30 AM – Mountain Bike the Darby Creek Trail.  Mountain Bike Darby Creek Trail from Steel Field to CREC (return on your own) – a short off-road ride covering the wood chip hiking trail to Glendale Road and Darby Creek Trail up to Haverford Reserve. Level D+ (hills), 8-12 mph, 8 miles round trip. Mix of paving, rough terrain, dirt roads and some steep hills – some dismounting required. Helmets and mountain or hybrid bikes in safe condition required. Return trip on your own at any time. Leaves at 11:30 AM from the parking lot at Steel Field off of Steel Road (between Central Ave. and Stump Lane). Will regroup as necessary. Cue sheets will not be available. Leader: Christopher Allan Shelton, cshelton3@verizon.net, 484-557-8627.

Llanarch to YMCA Trail Work: Join Scheduled Trail Days or Work On Your Own Schedule:
Sunday April 21, 8 AM to 4 PM, Join the Boy Scouts.  Meet at end of Princeton Rd. Working from there west clearing and laying a wood chip trail. Heavy leather gloves, long pants/shirt recommended.  Bring a pruner, lopper, shovel and/or wheel barrow, if you have one.
Thursday May 2, 2 – 5 PM, Join Lincoln Financial volunteers.  Meet at end Princeton Rd. Working about 500 ft east of there toward Manoa. Prep work clearing thorn bushes and vines.  Heavy leather gloves, long pants/shirt a must.  Bring pruners, loppers, and shovels if you have them. 
Thursday May 9, Morning (time TBD), Join Keller Williams “Red Day” volunteers.  Meet at end Princeton Rd. Working from there toward Manoa. Prep work clearing brush and vines.  Heavy leather gloves, long pants/shirt a must.  Bring pruners, loppers, and shovels if you have them. 
Your Schedule: To join in or work on your own schedule, contact peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com, 610-449.3430, we are not out every single day.

Darby Creek/Trail Cleanup: Saturday April 27, 2013, 9 AM to 1 PM – Township “Bus Yard”.  One of 40 Darby/Cobbs Creek cleanup sites, our goal is to get this new trail and the adjacent creek in tip top shape for the official opening.  Meet at 9 AM at the “Bus Yard” (Old West Chester Pike, left on Hilltop Road, 1st right into the bus yard – park near the end of the lower level).  If you arrive after 9, you will find us by walking down the trail.  Bring gloves and work clothes.  Wheel barrows/wagons are a help if you have them.  Wear rubber boots if you want to venture into the creek, but there is plenty of junk on dry land – for you landlubbers.  For other sites, see http://dcva.org/upcoming.html.

Recent Happenings


Llanarch to YMCA Trail Work: YMCA Volunteers, 4/18 – thanks to the Main Line YMCA Vols!
 

Mid-April Details

BIKE: Saturday April 13, 2013, 10 AM – Ride to Delco Environmental Fair in Lansdowne.  If you’re going to be Green, be Green!  A short 4 mile back road route from the Haverford Skatium to the Fair at Penn Wood HS.  We will stay at the Fair (bring a lock) until 2:30 PM and then return, although you can return on your own at any time.  Level D+, 8-12 mph, 8 miles round trip. Leaves at 10:00 AM from in front of Haverford Skatium (1002 Darby Rd).  Beginning ride good for getting in shape but some moderate hills. Bring helmet & lock, water and a snack.  Will regroup as necessary.  See map below or find your own route from home to ride it yourself.


Recent Happenings

Haverford Skatium to Cynwyd Trail Bike, 4/6

 

Late March/Early April

  • Sun. 3/31, 1 PM, Haverford Reserve Hike of North/South Brook and Darby Creek
  • Sat. 4/6 9 AM, Ride Haverford Skatium to Cynwyd Trail

Details

HIKE: Sunday, March 31, 2013, 1 PM– Haverford Reserve Hike.  Join us on a hike of the wonderful Reserve Trails, including the North Brook, South Brook and crossover to the Darby Creek. About 3 miles on some hilly terrain. Leaves at 1:00 PM from the Dog Park parking lot on Parkview Drive.  Long pants/sleeves recommended.  Please contact the hike leader with any questions:  Dan Goldfischer, dangoldfischer@yahoo.com, 610-789-8156.

BIKE: Saturday April 6, 2013, 9 AM – Ride to Cynwyd Historical Trial.  Discover this 2 mile off-road trail in Lower Merion and a great route to get there from Haverford.  Level D+, 8-12 mph, 15 miles. Leaves at 9:00 AM from the parking lot behind Haverford Skatium (1002 Darby Rd). Beginning ride for those looking get in shape for spring rides or new to cycling and able to do some moderate hills. Ride is short, but there are hills. Bring helmet, water and a snack. Will regroup as necessary. Cue sheets will not be available. Leader: Christopher Allan Shelton, cshelton3@verizon.net, 484-557-8627.

 

Recent Happenings
 

Llanarch Shopping Center to YMCA Hike, 3/10
 

Karakung Drive Rustic Picnic Tables and Benches for Hikers and Bikers
       
 

 

Our thanks to Penfield woodsman John Berberian who has taken the downed tree East of Nitre Hall and crafted beautiful rustic picnic tables and benches for hikers to enjoy a break in their rambling.
 

Early March Updates

  • Vote on your priorities, including Trails, Hiking and Biking - Take the Civic Council Survey http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e6w3cpyhhbqzyov5/start
  • Sat. 3/2, 9 AM, Wynnewood to Art Museum/Manyunk “Hurt” Ride
  • Sun. 3/10, 1 PM, Trail Planning Hike from Haverford Skatium
  • Sat. 3/16 10 AM, Ride Haverford to Radnor Trail (Note Corrected Date)
  • Sun. 3/17 11:15 AM, Envision the Cobbs Creek Trail Hike (starts at 69th St Terminal)

Hike/Bike Details

BIKE: Saturday March 2, 2013, 9 AM - Marywatersford “Hurt” Ride. Level C, 12-15 mph, 20 miles. Short, punchy ride to get the legs in shape, some steep climbs. Meet at Wynnewood Valley Park, Wynnewood (Remington Rd and Henley Rd). Ride will proceed to the Art museum via Overbrook and return via Manyunk and Narberth. Featured will be the brutal climb past La Collina to Marywatersford Rd.  Ride will regroup as necessary. Please bring water and a snack, as the ride is short and we will not stop for food. Cue sheets will not be available. Leader: Christopher Allan Shelton, cshelton3@verizon.net, 484-557-8627.

HIKE: Sunday, March 10, 2013, 1 PM – Llanarch Shopping Center to YMCA Hike.  Join us on a short hike to envision improvements to this trail that can link Llanarch, Manoa and Oakmont and provide a safe, quiet alternative route for access to parks, schools and the new YMCA.  About 2.5 miles on mostly level terrain. Long pants/sleeves/gloves recommended due to some thicket areas.  Meet at the Llanarch Shopping Center (W. Chester Pike & Gilmore Rd, “LA Fitness”) at the back of Sovereign Bank.  Afterward, anyone interested in helping in some light clearing work is welcome to chip in. If so, bring heavy gloves and pruners. Questions: peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com.

BIKE: Saturday March 16, 2013, 9 AM – Haverford to Radnor Trail Ride. Level C, 12-15 mph, 20 miles. Short ride to illustrate a more pleasant way to get to the beautiful Radnor Trail while avoiding less bikeable main roads.  Meet at Haverford Skatium (Darby Rd just NW of Manoa Rd). Ride will include the Septa “bus route” and area colleges (Haverford, Villanova). Part of the route may be a piece of the future Valley Forge to Heinz Trail currently under study.  Ride will regroup as necessary. Please bring water and a snack, as the ride is short and we will not stop for food. Cue sheets will not be available. Leader: peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com, 610-449.3430.

 

HIKE: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:15 AM – Envision the Cobbs Creek Trail.  Join Jed McKee and historian Scott Maits for a 4.5 mile 1-way hike from Upper Darby's 69th Street Terminal main lobby (inside the doors from the street) to Wynnewood Lanes in Havertown.  Includes woods trails paralleling Cobbs Creek and the Norristown High-Speed Line.  More info can be found at www.meetup.com/phillyhikes on this and other hikes in their series tracing a possible future trail linking Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge and Valley Forge Historical Park.  Haverford residents can take the High-speed Line from the Wynnewood Road station or any of the earlier stops (Beechwood-Brookline, Penfield, Township Line).  ETA at Wynnewood Lanes is 3 PM.  
 

Spread the Word

Many folks have not caught on to the new trails between Powder Mill Park and Beechwood Park and between Gest Tract and the Little League Field.  With some street connections, these and the Karakung/Heritage Trail segments to the Grange make it possible to do a 3-4 mile loop.  Get out and walk it and tell your friends!

 
Look for added enhancements, including some rustic trail benches and tables.

 
 

Sign up your friends for updates at the new www.havtrail.com web site.

Please continue to support us and send us your ideas for trails, rides and hikes for 2013.

Let us know if you want to add a bike race or bike tour to your fundraising event or provide bicycle “valet parking” to encourage folks to leave their cars and parking worries behind.

February Update


HIKE: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 1 PM – Historic Powder Mill Valley – 5 miles, Join Mary Courtney for a hike highlighting the wonderful natural features of the historic Powder Mill Valley. Meet at the Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, PA. Route will include part of the Heritage Trail along Karakung Drive, several historic sites, and new trail segments from Gest Tract and Beechwood to Powder Mill Park. No registration required. Rain more than a drizzle will postpone. Check email on day of hike for weather update.

posted Nov 23, 2012
Late November Calendar Update

In This Update (see details below):
  • Sat. 11/24, 9 AM, Hike Darby Creek Trail from Glendale to Haverford Reserve
  • Fri. 11/30 to Sun. 12/2, Bike the Haverford Guild Open Studio Tour
  • Sat., 12/1, 10 AM – 12+, Trail Building from Powder Mill Park to Beechwood Park
  • Sun., 12/2, 9 AM, Trail Builders’ Planning Hike from West Gate Hills to Darby Creek
  • Sun. 12/16, 1-4:30 PM, Bike the Historical Society Holiday House Tour
  • Wednesday Morning Hikes, 8:30 AM every Wednesday from Steel/Hilltop Field
  • Flexible Schedule, Trail Building at Steel/Hilltop Field and Karakung Drive
Sign up your friends for updates at the new www.havtrail.com web site.

Late-November to Mid-December Events

HIKE: Saturday, November 24, 2012, 9 AM, Trail Planning Hike – Darby Creek Trail – Glendale Park to Haverford Reserve. Walk it off! Join us in checking out the new surfaced multi-use trail section, scoping amenities for the trail and scouting potential alternative routes for future extension of the trail to the Haverford Reserve. We will be traveling through both a smoother surfaced trail and dirt paths with some difficult terrain. We will be stopping at certain points to discuss the obstacles and scout alternative routes. Meet at Glendale Park/Merry Place on Glendale Road. 3-4 miles of flat, mostly easy walking with a few small sections along steep/uneven paths. Please contact the hike leader with any questions: Peter Puglionesi, peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com, 610-446-2145.

BIKE THE HAVERFORD GUILD OPEN STUDIO TOUR: • Friday November 30th to Sunday, December 2nd. Support local artists and craftsmen, get your exercise and get your shopping done in one fell swoop. This is a do-it-yourself route map (not a guided tour) showing a great back roads route to all open house studios - click on http://goo.gl/maps/1Uu3Z. An easy 3.5 mile route connecting these studios from beginning to end (add mileage from your starting point). Also see www.haverfordguild.org for more on hours and locations.

TRAIL BUILDING – Powder Mill Park to Beechwood Park: Saturday December 1st, 10 AM – 2+ at Powder Mill Park. Help Eli St. Amour, an Eagle Scout candidate, complete this beautiful 0.3 mile trail. Mostly spreading wood chips. Bring gloves and, if you have them, shovel, wheel barrow and rake. Contact Eli (saintamour100@yahoo.com) if you have any questions.

HIKE: Sunday, December 2, 9 AM, Westgate Hills Trail Planning Hike – Westgate Hills Park to Darby Creek. If you are serious about planning and building trails, contact us to get further details and join the hike. Some thick brush and steep/uneven terrain, less than 2 miles. We will be stopping at certain points to discuss the obstacles and scout alternative routes. RSVP if you would like to join the hike by emailing peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com.

BIKE THE HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR: Sunday, December 16th, 1-4;30 PM, Annual Haverford Township Historical Society Holiday House Tour. Get on your bike and leave your car and parking hassles behind! Leisurely ride on the back roads with stops to tour several beautiful historic homes all dressed up for the holidays. Tickets are $20 for HTHS members and $25 for non-members. For a guided ride, meet at 12:45 PM at the Skatium on Darby Road or 1 PM at the 1st house at 1240 Center Road. Ticket information by calling Terri Dougherty at 610-449-1571 or purchase on the day of the tour at 1240 Center Road, a featured home.

WEDNESDAY HILLTOP HIKES WITH TINA: Every Wednesday, 8:30 AM. Join Hilltop resident Tina Crognale (and her dog) on her regular morning hike along the Heritage Trail from Hilltop Park to Glendale Park and along the Darby Creek Trail. Check out progress of the multi-use trail project. Meet at the end of the parking lot at Steel Field near the stairs off of Steel Road (between Central Ave. and Hilltop Ave. 3-4 miles of easy walking with some up and down hill sections. Please contact the hike leader with any questions: Tina Crognale, tinacrognale@gmail.com, 484-432-4385.

TRAIL BUILDING – Help on Your Own Schedule: Help is still needed to complete the trails in Hilltop Park and along Karakung Drive. Contact Tina Crognale (tinacrognale@gmail.com, 484-432-4385) for Hilltop Park and Peter Puglionesi (peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com) for Karakung Drive for details on how to help on your own schedule.

Civic Associations, Non-Profits and Students - We Want to Hear from You!

Your Trails? Have an idea for a trail, extension or connector spur? Let us know if there is a good “could be” you would like to turn into a real trail and we can partner with you to get it done!

Fundraisers? Have a 5K or 10K run? Why not add a 10 mile bike race? Friends of Haverford Trails will help you organize and staff the route.

Student Service Project? We welcome students looking for service projects. If you would like to join in and build or tend the trail and the woods, contact us.




posted Nov 21, 2012

Bike Route for the Haverford Guild of Craftsmen

Open Studio Tour
- Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2012

In partnership with the Haverford Guild of Craftsmen, the Friends of Haverford Trails is offering a bicycling option for their upcoming Open Studio Tour, to be held from Friday November 30 through Sunday December 2, 2012. The tour includes six studios, and our Brad Horn has mapped a bike-suitable route that reaches them all:


Here's a great chance to combine some of your interests! For more information on the Studio Tour, see the Haverford Guild of Craftsmen website. For an interactive view of the above Google Map, including directions and distances (3.5 miles one-way in total), click here.


posted Nov 16, 2012

Mid-November
Calendar Update

In This Update (see details below):
  • Sat. 11/17, 9 AM, Trail Building on Karakung Drive
  • Sun. 11/18, 10 AM, Hike Cobbs Creek Trail through Penfield/Wynnewood
  • Flexible Schedule through Weds. 11/21, Trail Building at Steel/Hilltop Field
  • Wednesday Morning Hikes, 8:30 AM every Wednesday from Steel/Hilltop Field
Sign up your friends for updates at the new www.havtrail.com web site.

Event Details

TRAIL IMPROVEMENT
: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 9 AM to Noon+, Karakung Trail Fix Up. Help the Friends of Haverford Trails level the trail just east of Nitre Hall. Work will include trail edging, leveling and spreading wood chips to make this part of the trail more accessible to those of us who are less nimble or who are navigating the trail with carriages. Meet at Nitre Hall on Karakung Drive. Bring gloves and – if you have them – shovel, rake pitchfork or wheelbarrow.



HIKE: Sunday, November 18, 2012, 10 AM, Trail Planning Hike – Cobbs Creek Trail through Penfield/Wynnewood. Join us in scouting potential alternative routes for the Cobbs Creek Trail through Penfield and Wynnewood in Haverford. We will be traveling through both scenic woods and established paths with some difficult terrain. We will be stopping at certain points to discuss the obstacles and scout alternative routes. Meet on Manoa Road under the SEPTA Route 100 bridge near Penfield Station. We will hike the beautiful forest that stretches from Old Manoa Road to Township Line and cover both sides of the Cobbs Creek and SEPTA line, including the Grange Estate and Grange Field. This is a hike for the sure footed and includes at least one steep narrow path, so bring a good pair of sneakers. 3-4 miles of mostly easy walking. Please contact the hike leader with any questions: Joe Walker, LIBERTYorDEATH_21@live.com, 610-554-5874.

BUILD A TRAIL: Flexible Schedule through Wednesday November 21, 2012, Steel/Hilltop Field Extension of the Heritage Trail connector to the Darby Creek Trail. Help the Hilltop Civic Association, the Friends, and the Haverford High School AWARE Club finish the trail from the woods west of Steel Field to the existing path near the Hilltop Park/Steel Field baseball fields. Work will include spreading wood chips to clearly mark this part of the 13 mile Haverford Heritage Trail through the park. Meet at the parking lot at Steel Field off of Steel Road (between Central Ave. and Hilltop Ave. – see map below). Bring gloves and – if you have them – shovel, rake pitchfork or wheelbarrow. You can join Tina Crognale who will be working from 9 – 12 AM on Monday – Wednesday, OR you can work any time – just contact her for details if you want to work over the weekend or at a different time. Tina Crognale, tinacrognale@gmail.com, 484-432-4385.



WEDNESDAY HILLTOP HIKES WITH TINA: Every Wednesday, 8:30 AM. Join Hilltop resident Tina Crognale (and her dog) on her regular morning hike along the Heritage Trail from Hilltop Park to Glendale Park and along the Darby Creek Trail. Check out progress of the multi-use trail project. Meet at the end of the parking lot at Steel Field near the stairs off of Steel Road (between Central Ave. and Hilltop Ave. 3-4 miles of easy walking with some up and down hill sections. Please contact the hike leader with any questions: Tina Crognale, tinacrognale@gmail.com, 484-432-4385.

Civic Associations, Non-Profits and Students - We Want to Hear from You!

Your Trails? Have an idea for a trail, extension or connector spur? Let us know if there is a good “could be” you would like to turn into a real trail and we can partner with you to get it done!

Fundraisers? Have a 5K or 10K run? Why not add a 10 mile bike race? Friends of Haverford Trails will help you organize and staff the route.

Student Service Project? We welcome students looking for service projects. If you would like to join in and build or tend the trail and the woods, contact us.



posted Nov 2, 2012

Calendar Update – Early November

  • Our best wishes to those hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and who have been without power.
  • Trail Building Calendar – Heritage Trail work at Steel Field; Darby Creek Trail progress
  • Hike and Bike Event Calendar Update
  • Haverford Township Day Bike Parking – Thanks to the Volunteers!
  • Sign up your friends for updates at the new www.havtrail.com web site
BUILD A TRAIL: Saturday, November 3, 2012, 9 AM to Noon+, Steel/Hilltop Field Extension of the Heritage Trail connector to the Darby Creek Trail. Help Hilltop Civic Association extend the trail from the woods west of Steel Field to the existing path near the Hilltop Park/Steel Field baseball fields. Work will include trail edging and spreading wood chips to create a visible path to the woods trail and clearly mark this part of the 13 mile Haverford Heritage Trail through the park. Children and adults in Bon Air will be able to walk or mountain bike to Glendale Park and the Darby Creek Trail, without traveling along busy Steel, Burmont and Glendale Roads. Meet at the parking lot at Steel Field off of Steel Road (between Central Ave. and Hilltop Ave. – see map below). Bring gloves and – if you have them – shovel, rake pitchfork or wheelbarrow.




HIKE: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9 AM, Lost Woods of Pilgrim Gardens. Join Westgate Hills resident Dan Goldfischer and Friends of Haverford Trails in rediscovering a lost forest in Haverford. We will take a peek at the progress of the multi-use trail construction to the north and then hike the beautiful future southern segment of the Darby Creek Trail. When it crosses Burmont Road at the ball fields it takes you into another world - a surprising forest that most of us never knew was there. Meet at Glendale Park/Merry Place on Glendale Road. 3-4 miles of flat easy walking with one section along a narrow road shoulder. Please contact the hike leader with any questions: Dan Goldfischer, dangoldfischer@yahoo.com, 610-789-8156.

TRAIL IMPROVEMENT: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 9 AM to Noon+, Karakung Trail Fix Up. Help Friends of Haverford Trails set up the new log bench and level the trail just east of Nitre Hall. Work will include trail edging, leveling and spreading wood chips to make this part of the trail more accessible to those of us who are less nimble or who are navigating the trail with carriages. Meet at Nitre Hall on Karakung Drive. Bring gloves and – if you have them – shovel, rake pitchfork or wheelbarrow.

HIKE: Sunday, November 18, 2012, 10 AM, Trail Planning Hike – Cobbs Creek Trail through Penfield/Wynnewood. Join us in scouting potential alternative routes for the Cobbs Creek Trail through Penfield and Wynnewood in Haverford. We will be traveling through both scenic woods and established paths with some difficult terrain. We will be stopping at certain points to discuss the obstacles and scout alternative routes. Meet on Manoa Road under the Septa Route 100 bridge near Penfield Station. We will hike the beautiful forest that stretches from Old Manoa Road to Township Line and cover both sides of the Cobbs Creek and Septa line, including the Grange Estate and Grange Field. This is a hike for the sure footed and includes at least one steep narrow path, so bring a good pair of sneakers. 3-4 miles of mostly easy walking. Please contact the hike leader with any questions: Joe Walker, LIBERTYorDEATH_21@live.com, 610-554-5874.

WEDNESDAY HILLTOP HIKES WITH TINA: Every Wednesday, 8:30 AM. Join Hilltop resident Tina Crognale (and her dog) on her regular morning hike along the Heritage Trail from Hilltop Park to Glendale Park and along the Darby Creek Trail. Check out progress of the multi-use trail project. Meet at the end of the parking lot at Steel Field near the stairs off of Steel Road (between Central Ave. and Hilltop Ave. 3-4 miles of easy walking with some up and down hill sections. Please contact the hike leader with any questions: Tina Crognale, tinacrognale@gmail.com, 484-432-4385.

SAVE THE DAY - BIKE THE HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR: Sunday, December 16th, 1-4 PM, Annual Haverford Township Historical Society Holiday House Tour. Get on your bike and leave your car and parking hassles behind! Leisurely ride on the back roads with stops to tour several beautiful historic homes all dressed up for the holidays. Tickets are $20 for HTHS members and $25 for non-members. Look for details in the next email on riding this fundraising tour for the Historical Society.

Civic Associations, Non-Profits and Students - We Want to Hear from You!

Your Trails? Have an idea for a trail, extension or connector spur? Let us know if there is a good “could be” you would like to turn into a real trail and we can partner with you to get it done! Please add a link to www.havtrail.com to your web pages!

Fundraisers? Have a 5K or 10K run? Why not add a 10 mile bike race? FHT will help you organize and staff the route.

Student Service Project? We welcome students looking for service projects. If you would like to join in and build or tend the trail and the woods, contact us
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Gest Tract Trail Survives Superstorm Sandy

Using a New Approach to Stem Erosion

The new trail from the Gest Tract to The Haverford Township Little League field on Karakung Drive was completed by the Boy Scouts in October to provide a safe route from Beechwood to the ball fields and Karakung Pool Club. This trail crossed an existing erosion gully and is near a storm conduit retaining wall that has sustained serious erosion damage over the years. We helped the scouts apply a new technique recommended by the US Forest Service to extend the life of trails in hilly areas that could be easily washed out by storm water erosion. Three “Rolling Dips” were installed, 2 on the trail and 1 cutting off storm water run-on from the gully. The dip at the gully was an "armored" rolling dip wih the uphill barrier protected by stone, logs and a cover layer of wood chips. After the storm, the trail looks as good as new and hardly a wood chip has moved. Even better, these techniques may help stem erosion at the stone retaining wall and prevent a costly rebuild in the future.


Erosion Gully Before Construction



U. S. Forest Service Guidance


Rolling Dip During Construction


After the Storm Looking Up the Gulley (left) and Downhill at the Armored Rolling Dip

Thanks to the Haverford Township Day Valet Bike Parking Volunteers

Thanks to all our volunteers (Meg Clark; Dan Goldfischer; Rich Kerr; Peter Puglionesi; Chris Shelton; and Emily Yacina). Thanks to M&M Two Wheelers for putting on the Bike Safety/Maintenance Check station.


Haverford Township Day Raffle Winner – Contact Us!

Congratulations to Ryan Corbett, the winner of the bike pannier! Please pick up or let us know how we can get you the prize! Contact Peter Puglionesi, peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com, 610-446-2145.


posted Oct 8, 2012

Photos from Haverford Township Day

We had a great time at Haverford Township Day on Saturday, October 6, 1012 and thought we'd share some photos with you!

The Friends of Haverford Trails location was within the "Green Zone" created this year, specifically on Darby Road between the Wawa convenience store and the Police Station/Skatium driveway. Our presence included a canopy tent with township-specific walking and bicycling information and maps, plus a bike corral for free valet courtesy parking. The parking closest to Haverford Township Day was for bicycles!
Why drive?

Friends Canopy Tent
Our canopy tent with information, displays and some handouts. Racks for valet bike parking are at right rear.

Friends Canopy Tent with "Old School" Cyclists
Another view of the Friends of Haverford Trails tent, with some "old school" cyclists arriving.

Kevin Meehan of M & M Two Wheelers, one of Haverford Township's two bike shops, was graciously on hand (with tools in hand) to offer free bike safety and maintenance checks. M & M Two Wheelers is located on Lancaster Avenue, across from the newly-rebuilt Acme supermarket, and yes, that is in Haverford Township. Thanks for your support, Kevin and M & M!

M & M Two-Wheelers bike inspection station.
The M & M Two Wheelers bike safety inspection station.

Members of the Pennsylvania Division of The Wheelmen made an appearance (and quite an appearance) with their fascinating assortment of early bicycles, tricycles, and even a very early pedal-less Draissine (shown two photos above) -- top hat and tails being the proper attire!

Here are some more photos of The Wheelmen and their antique bicycles:


Pennyfarthings
Here's how you park two Ordinaries or "pennyfarthings," leaning them together and interlocking the spokes and pedals.

Safety bicycle
Check out the stylish rear fender on the ladies Safety Bicycle!

Safety bike
An admirer pauses to examine another vintage Safety Bicycle, so-called since it was safer than a high-wheeled Ordinary.

Tricycles
A demure ladies tricycle, steered with a tiller handle, along with a child's tricycle, both from the days gone by. Sarsaparilla, anyone?

At the curb (and appropriately at a bus stop shelter, too) SEPTA displayed one of their hybrid buses. The Friends of Haverford Trails supplied a bicycle for those wanting to learn "hands on" how to use the bike racks mounted on the front of SEPTA's fleet of buses.

All in all, it was a terrific day. We enjoyed meeting many of you, as well as signing up new Friends of Haverford Trails. Make a point of attending Haverford Township Day next year!



posted Sep 21, 2012

Bike to Haverford Township Day - October 6, 2012

BIKE to Haverford Township Day: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 8 AM to 4 PM, Darby Road. Leave your car behind and walk or bike to the festivities. Use free secure bicycle “Valet Parking” provided by Friends of Haverford Trails on Darby Road between the Skatium and Wawa or self-park and lock (see map below for “Valet Parking” and good areas for “self-parking”). Take a chance to win a bike “Townie Basket” in our raffle. Bring your bike to the Free Bike Safety/Maintenance Check clinic being run by M&M Two Wheelers bike shop (606 W. Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr). Visit our booth and get updated on trail activities or stop by just say hello to our great volunteers! If you want to volunteer to staff the bike parking, send an email to peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com with your preferred time between setup at 8 AM and teardown at 4 PM.



Happy First Anniversary! It's hard to believe the Friends of Haverford Trails had its first public appearance just one year ago at this event! We've had a year of great progress, with numerous improvements and activities, all thanks to the effort and hard work of our volunteers.


posted Sep 21, 2012

Friends of Haverford Trails Meeting - October 3, 2012

MEETING: Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 7 PM, Haverford Library – 2nd floor Board Room. We will be planning hikes and bikes and more trails in Haverford for 2012. We will be reviewing progress to date - including an updated copy of the Haverford Township Bikeability Map that rates the bikeability of both major township roads and alternate back routes and plans for getting Township and Delaware County Planning Deptartment support. Please join us in the Board Room (2nd floor) at the Library. If you cannot make it, send us your suggestions by email before the meeting.


posted Sep 21, 2012

Hike the Hilltop Connector Trail and Darby Creek Trail

September 22, 2012

HIKE: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 9 AM, Steel/Hilltop Field Connector Trail to the Darby Creek Trail. Join the Friends of Haverford Trails for a walk through the woods on the new trail spur from the Steel Field/Hilltop Field area to Glendale Park and then on the last walk looking at conditions “before” the Darby Creek Trail surfacing. This connector trail will enable children and adults in the Bon Air neighborhood to walk or mountain bike to Glendale Park and the Darby Creek Trail, without going on busy Steel, Burmont and Glendale Roads. Maximum distance of 4 miles. We suggest long pants and closed shoes. Meet at the parking lot at Steel Field off of Steel Road (between Central Ave. and Hilltop Ave. – see map below).



posted Sep 21, 2012

1st Haverford Bike Parking a Success at the Music Festival

Thanks to all our volunteers! Although a last minute decision, we managed to build bike parking racks (kudos to Chris Shelton, Chris Madden, and Rick Miller for all the help), get Music Festival support and PR (thanks to the Board) and get 50-60 valet parking “customers” on September 16 – a great turnout. Thanks to all our volunteers (Meg Clark; Lynn Fitzgerald; Dan Goldfischer; Rich Kerr; Peter Puglionesi; Chris Shelton; Tina Shelton; Joe Sherwin; and Emily Yacina). Congratulations to Sadie Clifford, the winner of the bike pannier!


Look for Future Trail Updates in Upcoming Emailers

Your Idea for a Trail? Have an idea for a trail, extension or connector spur? Let us know if there is a good “could be” in your neighborhood that you would like to turn into a real trail. We welcome students looking for service projects. If you would like to join in and build or tend the trail and the woods, contact Peter Puglionesi, peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com, 610-446-2145.


posted Sep 7, 2012

Help Build the Steel Field to Glendale Trail Spur

This Saturday, 9/8/12, Start 9-12 AM: Help Eagle Scout candidate Nick Termini and the Boy Scouts finish the new Steel Field/Hilltop Field to Glendale Park off-road wood chip trail spur. This should be lighter work moving and spreading wood chips on the already blazed trail. The scouts will be there at 9 AM, but pop by even if you can put in an hour or two, any time up to about noon. Come to Hillside Avenue (see map) and look for the pile of wood chips. If you don't see anyone, check up and down the trail to see where they are working. Bring gloves and, if you have one, a shovel, pitchfork and wheelbarrow. They will wrap up when the wood chips run out or 3 PM, whichever comes first.

The new trail segment was blazed from an open field west of the largest baseball diamond to Hilltop Road. After a sidewalk section, the trail continues through the woods to the Recreation Building parking lot across the street from Glendale Park to provide a safer 0.2 mile connection from the neighborhood to Glendale Park and the Darby Creek Trail.


Call Nick if you you have any questions at 978-810-2187.



Steel Field to Glendale Trail Spur


posted Sep 1, 2012

September Calendar and News Items
  • Hike and Bike Calendar for September
  • Bike Parking at the Sept. 16th Haverford Music Festival and Oct. 6th Haverford Township Day
  • Trail Updates – Steel Field to Glendale Trail; Karakung Drive; Darby Creek Trail
  • Check out the new Heritage Trail web site for Smart Phone tours - www.havtrail.com

Calendar - September/October

Karakung Trail Work Sunday September 2, 2012, 8-12 AM. Come out to the Karakung Pool Club on Sunday, September 2nd between 8 and 12 AM and help us finish the section of the trail along Karakung Drive next to the Pool Club. Bring gloves and, if you have one, a shovel.
BIKE to the Haverford Music Festival: Sat., Sept. 15, 2012, 12-9:30 PM, Eagle & E. Darby Rd. Leave your car behind - walk or bike to the Festival. Use secure bicycle “Valet Parking” provided by Friends of Haverford Trails at the front/right side of the School building on Eagle Road and have a chance to win a bike “Townie Basket”. Or you can “self-park” by locking up to the fence behind the school on Hathaway Lane. If you are planning to stay after dark, don’t forget your lights!
HIKE: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 9 AM, Steel/Hilltop Field Connector Trail to the Darby Creek Trail. Join the FHT for a walk through the woods on the new trail spur from the Steel Field/Hilltop Field area to Glendale Park and then on the last walk looking at conditions “before” the Darby Creek Trail surfacing. This connector trail will enable children and adults in the Bon Air neighborhood to walk or mountain bike to Glendale Park and the Darby Creek Trail, without going on busy Steel, Burmont and Glendale Roads. Maximum distance of 4 miles. We suggest long pants and closed shoes. Meet at the parking lot at Steel Field off of Steel Road (between Central Ave. and Hilltop Ave.).
BIKE to Haverford Township Day: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 8 AM to 4 PM, Darby Road. Leave your car behind and walk or bike to the Festival. Look for an update on where to find secure “Valet Parking” for bicycles provided by FHT or good areas for “self-parking.”



posted Sep 1, 2012

Trail Updates

Karakung Trail Update: In July, Friends of Haverford Trails and Karakung Pool Club volunteers extended the previously 0.7 mile trail from Mill Road to the back fence of the pool club (thanks to the Vantrieste clan!). When done, the off-road wood chip trail allowing safer walking, running or mountain biking will extend almost a mile from Manoa Road to the pool club. Walkers can continue through the Pool Club parking lot and off the road all the way to Haverford Avenue, a full 1.2 miles from Manoa Road.

The Vantrieste's Building the Karakung Trail Extension to the Pool Club

Steel Field to Glendale Trail: Eagle Scout candidate Nick Termini is leading a Boy Scout effort to connect the Steel Field/Hilltop Field recreation area to Glendale Park with a new off-road wood chip trail. A new trail segment was blazed from an open field west of the largest baseball diamond to Hilltop Road. After a sidewalk section, the trail continues through the woods to the Recreation Building parking lot across the street from Glendale Park to provide a safer 0.2 mile connection from the neighborhood to Glendale Park and the Darby Creek Trail.

Steel Field to Glendale Trail Spur

Darby Creek Trail: Haverford Township awarded a contract for completing surfacing and stormwater bio-retention for the 1 mile first leg of the Darby Creek Trail. Work is expected to be completed in the fall. Anyone interested in assisting with providing amenities (e.g., benches, signs) and plantings, please contact us.
Powder Mill Trail: This fall, Eagle Scout candidate Eli St. Amour will be leading a Boy Scout effort to complete a wood chip trail from Powder Mill Park with the pocket park off of Johnson Road with a variety of improvements to safety and access while enhancing the riparian buffer.
Gest Tract Trail: This fall, Eagle Scout candidate Tom Leonard will be leading a Boy Scout effort to complete a wood chip trail from the Gest Tract Park to the Little League Ball Field off of Karakung Drive to provide a safe route from Beechwood to the fields and Karakung Pool Club.
Your Trails? Have an idea for a trail, extension or connector spur? Let us know if there is a good “could be” in your neighborhood that you would like to turn into a real trail. We welcome students looking for service projects. If you would like to join in and build or tend the trail and the woods, contact Peter Puglionesi, peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com, 610-446-2145.


posted Jul 22, 2012

Trail Building Update

Check out the Karakung Drive Trail Improvement - Karakung closed for vehicle traffic from 7am to dusk on Sundays. Walk, Run, Bike or Skate from Manoa Road to Lakeside Avenue with no traffic. Check out the new improved approach to the Lawrence Cabin near Nitre Hall. To navigate around Nitre Hall, take the asphalt walkway near the long stone wall until you see the wood chip trail pick up on the other side. Our thanks to all the volunteers who helped with this endeavor.


Do You Want More Trails? Over the summer and fall, the Friends of the Haverford Trails will be assisting a Karakung Pool Club and several Eagle Scout projects building additional trails that will extend to the Pool Club/Little League area, from Gest Tract to the Little League ball field and on the opposite side of Cobbs Creek to connect Beechwood Park with Powder Mill Park (among others). If you are interested in trail building or tending the woodlands, please contact Peter Puglionesi at peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com or Chris Whiting at cwhiting@msn.com.

 

Blog

posted Jun 2, 2012, 8:27 AM by Trails Admin   [ updated Jun 4, 2012, 5:55 AM by Michael McCabe ]

Heritage Trail Ribbon Cutting, June 10, 2012, 1 PM, Grange Estate
Come on down for the ribbon cutting.  There is a 10 mile bike at 10:30 AM led by Chris Shelton which will return to the Grange for the ribbon cutting and a hike led by Mary Courtney after the cutting down to Nitre Hall (where there will be refreshments) and beyond.  See the News and Notes for details.
Welcome to New Members from the Heritage Festival
Thanks to all the folk
s to stopped by our tabel at the Heritage Festival on June 3 and have signed up for updates on the Friends activities.  To all the trail builders, many stopped by to say thanks and a job well done.  We had a great time and had some excellent discussions on prospective trails and street accessability improvements along with great history, music, dance, food and drink.  Our special thanks to The Wheelmen who brought their historic people powered vehicles and did demonstrations all day long. 
Karakung Trail Building
0.7 Miles “Completed” Trail on Karakung Drive.  This section of trail was completed just in time for the June 3rd Heritage Festival, although the "happy trails gang" has some further improvements we would like to make including smoothing some of the steep hills and leveling some sections where walking sideways is a bit uncomfortable.  Many thanks to those of you who shouted out your support and thanks as we were working on the trail.  This and seeing all you folks discovering and using the trail instead of vieing with cars for posession of the road keeps us going through the aches, pains and poison ivy outbreaks. 
 
To those of you who want to join us as trail builders or woodlands stewards, its not hard to do and its a great combo cardio/strength workout.  Some folks like to come out for a couple of hours on their own and others like to work as a team.  Some have helped clear the trees of vines, others cleared brush and found trail edge logs, and others did the grading and chipping.  The Powder Mill Valley, like many of our open spaces, is overrun with invasive species and tree strangling vines.  those of you with a green thumb may want to help restore and tend the forest.  Send us an email if you want to know what you can do and get emails when the group decides to "meet up" and get something done together. 
 
There are other plans afoot for extending this trail, building other trails and making connector trails to provide safer ways to walk or bike in our great township.  If you have trail ideas, we are interested in helping you get it done.  Call or send an email at 610-446-2145 or peter.puglionesi@appliedehs.com.

Volunteer Trail Work Day - November 5th, 10-12 AM

posted Oct 31, 2011, 7:33 PM by Scott Reynolds   [ updated Oct 31, 2011, 7:33 PM by Michael McCabe ]

The Friends are joining with the Haverford Township Recreation Department and Tree Tenders volunteer group for a morning of work improving the hiking trails at the Haverford Reserve.  Sign up in advance by emailing recinfo@haverfordtownship.orgor just meet at 10 AM at the Meadow/Atheryn Trail head near the Parkview Drive roundabout.  Planned activities include:
  • Planting about 100 trees
  • Trail maintenance work
  • Trail marking

Please bring:

  • Work clothes you don’t mind getting soiled
  • If you have them, work gloves, pruning or lopping shears

The township is expected to supply enough shovels and other needed supplies.

We hope to see you there!

 

Darby Creek Trail Construction Grant Awarded

posted Oct 31, 2011, 7:32 PM by Scott Reynolds   [ updated Oct 31, 2011, 7:32 PM by Michael McCabe ]

Congratulations to Haverford Township for the $290,000 Darby Creek Trail construction grant awarded Thursday by the Board of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and funded by the William Penn Foundation.  The grant will make possible the creation of the middle third of the planned 3 mile off-road multi-use trail. The middle segment will include a 10-foot wide trail running just over 1 mile along Darby Creek, approximately from Glendale Park (Merry Place on Glendale Avenue) to the township yard and Old West Chester Pike.   The trail will accommodate walkers, joggers and bicyclists, and is also expected to be accessible to wheelchair users.  The grant is one of 14 totaling $5 million awarded in 8 counties of the Delaware Valley region selected from 37 applications totaling $18 million.

Haverford Civic Council Public Meeting: Trees & Trails

posted Oct 25, 2011, 8:01 AM by Scott Reynolds   [ updated Oct 25, 2011, 8:06 AM by Michael McCabe ]

Are you interested in the future of Trees & Trails in Haverford Township? Please join us!

Tuesday, October 25th, 7:15 PM

Community Room
Haverford Township Library



The Haverford Township Civic Council holds several meetings a year which are open the public, usually featuring a speaker or program related to one of our action priorities. In the past we have held meetings with presentations about Ardmore Junction, the Library, the YMCA, Freedom Playground, and Business Revitalization.

On Tuesday, October 25th we are hosting a Civic Council meeting which will begin with a 15 minute general business meeting and then focus on two of our action priorities: Trees & Trails. The meeting will include presentations and a chance for the audience to ask questions.


Topics to be Addressed Include:

  • The Environmental Impact of Trees
  • Tips on Tree Selection, Planting & Care
  • Haverford Township Tree Tenders
  • Haverford Township's Shade Tree Ordinance & the Shade Tree Commission
  • Haverford Heritage Trail
  • Friends of Haverford Trails
  • Existing Trails on Township Land & Long-Range Plans
  • Making the Township More Pedestrian & Bicycle-Friendly

Please come show your support for the future of trees & trails in Haverford Township!


Where: Haverford Township Library, Community Room
601 Darby Rd.
Havertown, PA 19083

When:

Tuesday October 25, 2011 from 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM EDT

Cynwyd Trail opens Sunday! (10/23)

posted Oct 20, 2011, 2:03 PM by Scott Reynolds   [ updated Oct 20, 2011, 2:12 PM by Michael McCabe ]

This Sunday, October 23, 2011, Lower Merion Township will join Radnor as a
   neighboring township with a first-class multi-use trail. The two-mile Cynwyd
   Heritage Trail will have a festive grand opening event from 1-4pm. The paved
   trail is on a former rail right-of-way, starting at Cynwyd Station, where
   SEPTA's regional rail service presently ends. The Lower Merion Historical
   Society is restoring the railroad station there. The trail winds between
   West Laurel Hill and Westminster cemeteries, where in bygone days funeral
   parties came by train, disembarking at small, purpose-built rail stations.
   The cemeteries have now been working to clear brush and reopen these
   entrances, which will tie in to their miles of internal paths. Why not take
   the chance to check it all out this Sunday? For more into see
   www.cynwydtrail.org.
  
   If you want to get there by bike, see the suggested route from Karakung
   Drive and Manoa Road (link below) or meet up with small group of “Friends”
   at 12:15 PM Sunday to bike together to the Cynwyd Heritage Trail
   celebration.  It is a 4.2 mile (each way) hilly ride on moderately bikeable
   roads to the ribbon cutting location on the trail.

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