On November 9, Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) hosted a Ribbon Cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of the Scranton Half Marathon Pavilion at the Olive Street Trailhead. Public officials, LHV staff and board members, and community leaders joined in the celebration.
Among those offering remarks were: Dominic Keating, Esq., Chairman of the Board of Directors, LHV; Joseph J. Corcoran, Executive Director, LHV; Dr. Tom Minora, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Scranton Half Marathon; William L. Courtright, Mayor of the City of Scranton; Patrick M. O’Malley, Lackawanna County Commissioner; and Larry West, Member of the Board of Directors, Heritage Valley Partners.
The 38’ by 60’ pavilion is located at the entrance of the Scranton Riverwalk at the Olive Street Trailhead, a popular site for the start of dozens of annual charity races and walks. Civic organizations and community partners may rent the pavilion for a nominal daily fee for community events and educational programs. Rental fees will be used to help defray pavilion maintenance costs.
This project is a result of community support and collaboration. Presented by the Scranton Half Marathon, additional funders include: ESSA Bank & Trust Charitable Foundation; Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Lackawanna County Community Re-Invest Program Under the Administration of The Lackawanna County Commissioners; Margaret Briggs Foundation; Peoples Security Charitable Foundation; Sanofi Pasteur; and the Willary Foundation.
Project partners include: The City of Scranton; Heritage Valley Partners; Lackawanna County Commissioners; Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (PA DCNR); and the National Park Service (NPS).
To inquire about reserving the pavilion for an upcoming event, email Owen Worozbyt, Trail & Environmental Projects Manager, Trail and Environmental Projects Manager, or call 570.963.6730, ext. 8212. To learn more about the trail, visit Lackawanna River Heritage Trail on Facebook.