Lower Makefield Township is one of the proud recipients of a $700,000 grant to expand a trail connecting various township facilities.

Governor Tom Wolf announced Tuesday the many winners of part of an almost $70,000,000 statewide grant to be divided among local communities in Pennsylvania. Lower Makefield applied for the grant last year with help from a variety of experts including the traffic engineer, chief of police, and township manager. 

The funds come through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program called the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside.

Chair of Lower Makefield’s Board of Supervisors John Lewis is excited about the effect the trail will have on people going outside to enjoy the outdoors. 

“For us it’s a huge win. It gets people off the roads so people are not always driving cars to get to places,” Lewis said. “We want people walking more, biking more, getting out in the neighborhood, and using it to run.”

The trail will expand Lower Makefield’s already robust trail network with an asphalt extension around the new community center to connect it to many locations, including the pool, library, and school. The new trail will be a 3,500 foot long, 10 foot wide, asphalt topped path convenient for walking, running, and strollers.

“In general, the township has made tremendous investment in our recreational infrastructure. Our hope is that we’ll continue to do that,” Lewis said. “We want to make sure Lower Makefield continues to be a great place to live work and play.”

Other communities in the local area receiving parts of the grant include Doylestown Township and Solebury Township, each receiving roughly $1,000,000 in grants for new trails.

State Representative Perry Warren also weighed in on the awarded funding.

“Using alternative transportation methods is good for the environment and good for your health, and we should be encouraging it,” commented Warren. “ I’m pleased the state was able to award this funding.”