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Posted: 21st May 2015

Oil Region Alliance Joins the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition

The Oil Region Alliance has joined and is now a partner in the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC). This group of 20+ bodies in the five-state area of Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a mix of trail building organizations and others working in support of trail development. The emerging Erie to Pittsburgh Trail and PA Wilds Connector corridors are key to this regional vision.

“The economic impact of trails has been proven with multiple studies both here and many other interstate trail systems. All of the communities in the Oil Region along and around the trail system are working hard for Trail Town status, connecting the trails to the towns for our trail users and visitors,” according to John R. Phillips II, President and CEO of the Oil Region Alliance.

According to the 2013 Trail User Survey and Economic Impact Analysis conducted by the Rails to Trails Conservancy, the central leg of the developing Erie to Pittsburgh Trail in Northwest Pennsylvania represents just over 62 miles of trail from Titusville through Oil City, Franklin, Emlenton, Foxburg to Parker; the region attracts 158,507 annual trail users with over a $7 million annual direct economic impact to the region, this includes soft goods (meals, lodging, bike rentals, etc.) and hard goods (bikes, racks, helmets, etc.).

The Alliance supports the Get on the Trails Business Plan Contest, the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance, the Council on Greenways & Trails, Oil City Main Street, and the Trail Town Program®.

The IHTC’s goal is to complete and connect a system of 1,600 miles of shared use trails, so local and visiting trail users can walk and bike from trail to trail, city to city, and town to town. The Oil Region Alliance will work collaboratively to support the vision of a shared-use trail system between communities along the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail corridor and the PA Wilds Connector, closing the gaps, and helping create the longest connected system of multi-use trails in the country.

Local Events Coming Soon

May 30
Oil Valley Blacksmiths at Drake Well Museum --- 814-827-2797

June 6
Wildcatter Day at Pithole --- 814-827-2797

June 6 & 7
Pithole Visitor Center Open --- 814-827-2797
Train Rides on the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad --- 814-676-1733
Foxburg Wine Cellars Weekend Entertainment --- 724-659-0021

During June, enjoy these FREE Events:
Wednesday - Arts in Pipeline Alley at 12 noon in downtown Oil City
Thursday - Concerts in the Park in Franklin at 7:30 pm
Monday - Concerts in Scheide Park in Titusville at 7 pm

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