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Collier to update trail map, guide

| Thursday, July 7, 2016, 11:03 a.m.

Collier has been awarded a $4,387 Active Allegheny grant from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County to help develop the township's trail network map and guide.

“It's a small grant, but an important one,” Collier manager Sal Sirabella said.

The map and guide will update the 2013 version.

Sirabella said it will show the parts of the trail that are completed and what is being developed or planned.

The Collier trail system is a pedestrian and bicycle trail that begins at the Woodville Plantation along Route 50.

The Collier Discovery Path at Hilltop Park is being developed to connect the path from Woodville Plantation to the Nevillewood communities and then to the Panhandle Trail to Settlers Cabin park and the Botanical Gardens.

Ultimately, the path will join with the Montour Trail. The trail system in the township is more than 60 percent complete.

Sirabella said the map and guide will be sent to township residents and made available at the community center and other facilities in Collier.

He said the map will bring new users to the trail while helping current users learn about other parts of the path.

“This will help residents of Collier know what kind of amenities the path has,” Sirabella said.

The Collier discovery Path is a cornerstone of the Live Well Collier program, Sirabella said.

The township last year was designated a Live Well Allegheny community, an initiative to improve the health and wellness of county residents.

Sirabella said the township is in the process of buying two police bicycles for officers to patrol the path.

“As we build out, we want to keep the path safe,” Sirabella said.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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