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Fox-Hunt Community Park Project Meeting

Updated: Sep 21, 2023


Fox-Hunt Community Park

 

Allegheny River Trail in Clarion County, ARTinCC, is pleased to invite all interested members of the public to a presentation of a “Preliminary Master Plan” for the Fox-Hunt Community Park in Foxburg.  This “open to the public” meeting will take place on Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crawford Center (formerly the Emlenton High School) on Hill Street in Emlenton.

For the past several years a group of volunteers has been planning and working on the ARTinCC connecting  Foxburg to Emlenton and, by extension, to Parker. Construction on the full first mile of the bike trail by ARTinCC north of Rt. 58 will begin as soon as DCNR sends the final contract for signature – they have been waiting since October 2022, and the contract production is imminent.

In addition to the bike trail and in cooperation with Foxburg Borough, they have received a “Planning Grant” to develop a Community Park at the intersection of Rt 58 and Main St. on land purchased by ARTinCC. The Park Planning Committee has been meeting regularly and soliciting input from some of the key players in the community. Bob Genter and Matt Lokay of Mackin Engineering, based on decades of experience planning such parks, have developed a “Preliminary Master Plan” which they will present for public comment at this meeting.

If you would like to see the park site prior to the meeting, feel free to walk around the area north of the bridge. Several ARTinCC committee members will be available at Foxburg Pizza to show you around the site from 5:00 — 7:00 p.m. on Wed. September 20th.

Closing the gap in this Rails-to-Trails bike trail and creating this park will connect Parker all the way to Titusville, bringing bikers, hikers, cross-country skiers, and paddlers to the Tri-Community area. In the immediate future, ARTinCC will begin implementing a separate $100,000 grant to create about 75 additional parking spots for the trail and shared use by the borough businesses. Also included in this grant is fencing to keep cyclists and hikers safe from the Shoup Trucking Company operations. A new, safe, boat launch is also a high priority.   

ARTinCC’s next step is to accept your ideas as additional key players and the general public who will use this park. 

You can learn more and download a pdf of the complete plan on the most recent post on their website at: artincc.org and then click on the news posts.

As you will learn, there will be many opportunities for volunteers, fundraisers, donors at all levels, and local businesses to supply materials and services. Please look over the plan and come to the meeting prepared to offer your suggestions and your help. This is a huge, long-term project and it will take the efforts of many people in the community. Look for them at the Foxburg Festival on October 15th. Everyone is welcome! 

Mark your calendar: Thursday, Sept 21, 6:30 pm, Crawford Center, 511 Hill St., Emlenton 16373.

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