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New trail section in Fox Chapel connects north, south ends of borough

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Fox Chapel Mayor Alex Scott reviews a trail map with volunteers at Riding Meadow Park on Squaw Run Road East before working to clear paths for a new one-mile section.
Jan Pakler | For Trib Total Media
Fox Chapel Mayor Alex Scott reviews a trail map with volunteers at Riding Meadow Park on Squaw Run Road East before working to clear paths for a new one-mile section.
Volunteers walk the trails in Fox Chapel.
Volunteers walk the trails in Fox Chapel.

Fox Chapel Mayor Alex Scott is hosting a grand opening of sorts — a new section of borough trails cleaned and marked by volunteers over the past couple years open officially Sept. 23.

Scott spearheaded the project in 2015 to move walkers and bikers off Squaw Valley Road and into a safer, more natural environment, he said. The section connects Beechwood Farms to Squaw Valley Park in O'Hara.

The work will culminate in a celebratory, slow-paced two-hour walk beginning at 10 a.m. at Beechwood Farms along Dorseyville Road in Fox Chapel.

“This will be the grand opening of the completed hiking trail that goes from the north end of the borough to the south end through the parks and woods with only a few road crossings,” Scott said.

There are some hills and rough terrain.

The project was helped by the addition of pedestrian bridges over the streams and the use of private land donated by Shadyside Academy and the Pittsburgh Field Club.

“It started long ago and was completed with the hard work of the parks commission, borough staff and many volunteers,” Scott said.

Scott has hosted several volunteer-run trail-clearing sessions over the past two years, where branches and debris were removed from a curvy section of the path that sits just off Squaw Run Road.

Trail stewards have been maintaining the work this summer.

In the event of hard rain, the event will be rescheduled for Sept. 30.

Scott suggested carpooling and leaving one car at the finish, Squaw Valley Park, for participants who don't plan to hike back to Beechwood Farms.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or @tawnyatrib.

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