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Wintergreen Gorge Sustainable Trail Master Plan & Phase I Improvements

Erie, PA

Pashek + MTR assisted the University in applying for and securing over $500,000 in funding for implementation of sustainable trail and trailhead improvements that were proposed in the Pashek+MTR prepared Wintergreen Gorge Sustainability Master Plan.

Phase I consisted of developing a trailhead and parking along Cooper Road in Harborcreek Township, stabilizing and improving public access to an 850-foot trail that begins at Cooper Road, placement of boardwalks over protected wetland areas, installation of wayfinding and interpretive signs and providing an accessible loop trail covenient to the Cooper Road access. A dry stream bed was also constructed to collect stormwater runoff from the Bayfront Connector which crosses over the stream valley.

These improvements will decrease erosion, protect native plant species, and provide a more viable and sustainable area for wildlife, including the fish in Fourmile Creek.