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Rob Armstrong (Philadephia Parks and Recreation) converses with Open House attendees Andy Hamilton and Tom Benson.

Despite a biblical rainstorm that shut down I-76 and most of the River Drives, approximately 80 people came the NW Circuit Trails Open House at the Manayunk Brew Pub on Tuesday, September 25.

There are numerous trail and canal projects underway in several Northwest Philly neighborhoods, Lower Merion and Whitemarsh Townships that will build out the Circuit over the next 3-6 years.

And because any infrastructure projects take a long time, we decided an open house was a good idea to inform the public about the status of these various projects.

Many of them will better connect Philadelphia to its self and its neighbors in Montgomery County, close gaps in the Schuylkill River, Cynwyd and Wissahickon trails and create important loops in Lower Merion and Whitemarsh townships off the Schuylkill River Trail.

ABC News came by and did a short segment, which you can view below:

And several others are restoring and enhancing cultural, historical and recreational resources along these trails.

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The area covered by the 9/25 NW Circuit Trails Open House.

The projects displayed included:

Fourteen different public agencies, trail “Friends of” groups, and one real estate developer brought poster boards describing their projects.  They included: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Philadelphia Water Department, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County Planning Commission, SEPTA, Office of Transportation & Infrastructure, Manayunk Development Corporation, Roxborough Conservancy, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Friends of Cynwyd Heritage Trail, Friends of the Cresheim Trail, Friends of the Wissahickon, Schuylkill Environmental Education Center and Penn Real Estate Group.

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