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Grand Opening of the Carbondale Riverwalk

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 2PM, the LHV will hold a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the newest stretch of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT). This new trail section has been named the Carbondale Riverwalk, which spans just under 1.5 miles. The Carbondale Riverwalk will link the LRHT to the D&H Rail-Trail at the Morse Avenue Trailhead in Simpson. Proceeding south, the trail travels along the industrial park in Carbondale, crossing the Lackawanna River on a rehabilitated railroad tressel, continuing to the John Street trailhead, and then connecting to the Main Street Carbondale business district. This section creates a vital connection between the on-street portions of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Carbondale, to the D&H Rail-Trail extension in Simpson.

Location: This event will take place at the Morse Avenue Trailhead, located in Carbondale, PA. On street parking is available.

Among those slated to be in attendance for the ribbon cutting are Senator John Blake, Representative Sid Michael Kavulich, DCED Executive Deputy Secretary Scott Dunkelberger, DCED NEPA Regional Director Paul Macknosky, PA DCNR Deputy Secretary Lauren Imgrund. Local officials include Lackawanna County Commissioners and Mayor Justin Taylor. Other funding partners represented will include Scranton Area Foundation, McGowan Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House of Northeastern PA.

The Carbondale Riverwalk is the gateway to the northern reaches of Lackawanna River Heritage Trail system, a 70+ mile multi-use trail along the river from the New York State border to the Lackawanna River’s confluence with the Susquehanna River in Pittston.

The Riverwalk is approximately 1.4 miles long, and it runs from John Street, near the Carbondale Housing Authority, to Morse Avenue in Simpson where it connects to the D&H Extension Trail section. The Riverwalk features two bridges, one over Racket Brook and another over the Lackawanna River.

The Riverwalk is conveniently located close to downtown Carbondale for residents, the business community, and visitors to the area. The trail has a paved asphalt surface for the first 1/2 mile and the remaining mile is a stone dust surface.  It is fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Since opening in summer 2018, the trail has been popular with walkers, runners, dog-walkers, and bicyclists. The first race held on the trail was a 5K hosted by the Carbondale YMCA on April 28th, 2018.

At the Riverwalk, the LRHT transitions from an urban trail to a rural trail.