Media-Smedley Connector Trail Feasibility Study

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The County is developing a feasibility study for a trail connecting Smedley Park, Media Borough, and other destinations.

Delaware County was awarded a $35,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to prepare a feasibility study for the Media-Smedley Connector Trail. This trail, which was identified in the County’s Open Space, Recreation, and Greenway Plan (2015), will serve as a major east-west connection in the countywide trail network. It has the potential to directly link three county parks, multiple local parks, and five municipalities, including Media Borough, the County seat. A project consultant, Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. was brought on board to assist and advise County Planning staff with certain aspects of trail design and implementation recommendations. 

The study process included a review of previous planning efforts; physiographic, natural, and cultural features; structures within the corridor; utilities; intersections and access points; and potential environmental hazards. The final work product will be a written report identifying a potential route and detailing the associated feasibility and potential costs. A concept plan illustrating the location of the trail and all associated design features (e.g., trailheads, landscaping, etc.) is also a critical work product.

The planning process is being conducted in close coordination with a study committee and local municipalities. It will also involve outreach to the community.


   

Above: Proposed Trail Alignment. See Public Meeting #2 Presentation below for more details.

Final Public Meeting

The final public meeting for the Media-Smedley Connector Trail Feasibility Study was held online via Zoom on the evening of November 10, 2020. Thirty members of the public were in attendance.

Public Meeting #2

The second public meeting for the Study was held on July 14, 2020 via an online live event.

The planning team shared a presentation with information about a proposed trail alignment and design proposals developed by the team in coordination with local stakeholder groups.

View or download the Meeting Presentation here.

There was a public comment, question, and answer period during the meeting. We apologize if some technical difficulties with the interface interfered with your full participation. If after viewing the presentation you have additional questions and comments, please direct them to Steve Beckley at beckleys@co.delaware.pa.us. Thank you.

Public Survey Results

This spring the project team conducted a public survey to engage residents about the feasibility of a potential Media-Smedley Trail. Thank you to everyone who participated. We had over 100 responses to our survey and gathered some valuable feedback. The information that was collected will help to shape the final report which is currently being drafted.

Click here to view Survey Results Dashboard



Public Meeting #1

The first public meeting for the Study was held on June 18, 2019 at the Media Community Center. Approximately 40 area residents and stakeholders attended the meeting learning about the project and providing ideas, comments, and information that will inform the study. Please see the following items for presentation, photos, and comments given at the meeting. If you were not able to attend the meeting or have additional comments on the project, you are encouraged to contact Planning staff using the information below.

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