First Posted: 10/5/2008
Wal-Mart recently donated $1,250 to the Luzerne County National Recreation Trail, Inc. (LCNRT).
LCNRT developed from a group of citizens and community leaders in the late 1990s wanting to establish a 12.3-mile multi-use rail trail along the east bank of the Susquehanna River from the City of Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County north to Lackawanna County. In June of 2003 the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior designated the trail as a National Recreation Trail.
LCNRT is a tax-exempt, non-profit public charity under the federal Internal Revenue Code and all contributions, bequests, devises, transfers or gifts to it are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
An all-volunteer organization governed by a board of directors, LCNRT welcomes anyone with an interest in the rail trail project to participate in its activities. Meetings are held once a month or when necessary.
In June of 2007 the first 1.8 miles of the trail, or Phase 1 of the trail project, opened in Luzerne County from Riverfront Park in the City of Pittston to the Pittston City/Township of Jenkins boundary.
In December of 2007 the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded a $250,000 grant to the Redevelopment Authority of Luzerne County, owner of the rail trail, to develop the 5.8-mile section of Phase 2 of the trail project from Jenkins Township to the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre City. The 4.7 miles of Phase 3 of the rail trail project, from Riverfront Park in Pittston City to Moosic Street in the Borough of Old Forge in Lackawanna County, is planned for construction when grant funding becomes available.
LCNRT is committed to educating the public about the benefits of the trail project, and working together with the Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority and the municipalities through which the trail passes, to build, conserve, and protect it.