The Saddle Trail Head, a small but beautiful segment of the
Mount Washington Community Development Corporation
’s grand plan to develop the 257-acre Emerald View Park, is complete, and the MWCDC will hold a grand opening on Sunday.
The trail head, which starts halfway down the perilously steep and windy Sycamore Street, will have limited parking on the right side of the road, and, crossing William Street, will connect to trails which lead into Grandview Park.
“In the fall, there are going to be beautiful views of Downtown and the rivers from further east along the ridge,” says Ilyssa Manspeizer, the MWCDC’s director of park development and conservation, who is overseeing the redevelopment of Mt. Washington’s trail system with the help of the Emerald Trail Corps
. “The whole thing is less than a mile, but it’s a hike.”
Sunday’s festivities will start at 2:45 p.m. in Grandview Park, located at 499 Bailey Avenue. From there, hikers will be shuttled over to the trail head on Sycamore Street for a guided tour, which will lead back to Grandview Park.
Timbeleza, a Brazilian drum troupe, will play along the guided hike, and refreshments will be available at 4 p.m. in Grandview Park when the hike ends.
The trails in the Mt. Washington Park section of the Emerald View Park, which the MWCDC and Trail Corps previewed to the media and local leaders two weeks ago, will wrap around the mountain from the heart of Mt. Washington to Grandview Park in Allentown.
Manspeizer says that volunteers have removed nearly 100,000 pounds of garbage from these trails over the last six years, and that they’ll be ready for their own grand opening at some point in October.
In the meantime, all of the trails remain open to the public.
Writer: Matthew Wein
Source: Ilyssa Manspeizer