(Left to Right) Mayor of Erie Joe Schember, Armstong County Commissioner Don Myers, Butler County Commissioner Kevin Boozel, Crawford County Commissioner Francis Weidersphan, PA DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Venango County Commisisoners Mike Dulaney, and “Chip” Abramovic, Courtney Mahronich Vita Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance Director, PA Representative Lee James, and Chris Ziegler and Barney Scholl Erie to Pittsburgh Directors all look on while County Executives Rich Fitzgerald of Allegheny County and Kathy Dahlkemper of Erie County shake hands signifying the future fully connected trail Erie to Pittsburgh Trail network.
The Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the vision of connecting non-motorized, multi-use trails in western Pennsylvania. The Alliance is made up of 13 trail groups that are working towards the goal of connecting 270 miles of trail between the Point at Point State Park in Pittsburgh to the Dobbin’s Landing in Erie, PA. The Alliance has a long-standing goal to complete 90% of the trail off-road by 2029.
“This is true economic development and bipartisan economic development that everyone can get behind.” – Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive (His comments during Mile 0 Dedication)
On September 19, 2021, at Dobbin’s Landing in Erie, PA the Erie to Pittsburgh Alliance Members and county officials unveiled the Mile 0 maker on Dobbin’s Landing. Elected officials from Erie, Crawford, Venango, Armstrong, Butler and Allegheny County were in attendance to share this momentous occasion and solidify the continued dedication to completing the trail system. This dedication was culmination of hard work by Alliance members, Erie County, and the Oil Region Alliance to develop the Mile 0, to build on momentum in Erie County. The trail is currently 66% completed, with many miles currently in development.
“Dedicating this monument is really a milestone because it marks the end of the trail. The momentum of this trail has been growing year after year. Every foot counts and this one is special because it is the northern most point of the trail.” – Barney Scholl, President of Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance.
While the Trail is not yet completed, the Mile 0 connects to the Bayfront Trail, a 9-mile trail along Lake Erie an existing segment of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail. This connection was possible without the partnership with the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority, the property owners of Dobbin’s Landing.
(Pictured right) - Mile 0 Marker – the medallion marks the northern terminus of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail.
For more information, contact Kim Harris, Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance Secretary at 814-677- 3152 Ext 120 or Kharris@oilregion.org.