BORDENTOWN CITY, NJ— Many people in Bordentown City may not be aware that there is a renowned set of nature trails right in their backyards.
The Bordentown City Green Team is trying to change that, so they are hosting a free outdoor talk and self-guided tour of the Delaware River Heritage Trail on Saturday, October 17 at 11am.
Dr. Michael Skelly, Sr., a Bordentown City resident and local historian, and Sonia Szczesna, Advocacy and Campaign Manager at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, will be speaking about the history of the trail, as well as the future.
“If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that the outdoors is our friend and in times of isolation it is the one thing we can all enjoy,” said the Green Team, which is made up of resident volunteers whose main mission is to make Bordentown City more sustainable.
The Delaware River Heritage Trail is envisioned as a 60-mile long loop, linking 24 communities, from Trenton to Palmyra on the New Jersey side, and Morrisville to the Tacony neighborhood of Philadelphia on the Pennsylvania side. It seeks to highlight the cultural and natural resources along the upper portion of the scenic Delaware River estuary.
Trail construction is done by county and municipal governments. Burlington County completed work on the first segment of the trail in 2013. The 2.8 mile segment of the trail links portions of Bordentown City, Fieldsboro and Bordentown Township by way of on-road paths and sidewalks with signage. A trailhead kiosk was also constructed at Bordentown Beach, at the end of West Park Street in the City.
Saturday’s event will begin at 11am by the Hilltop Park Gazebo, and those attending are encouraged to bring a chair so they can be comfortable as they listen to the speakers. An optional self-guided tour will begin after the talk is over, where those interested can head off and explore their surroundings.
Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. Follow the Green Team on Facebook and Instagram at @btowncitygreenteam, or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org for event updates.