Delaware Water Gap, PA (June 11, 2014) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invites the public to attend the official designation of Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania as the newest Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ on Saturday, June 28. The event, hosted by the ATC, the Borough of Delaware Water Gap, and the Wilmington Trail Club (WTC), will begin at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Mountain gazebo, located on the corner of Main Street and Shepard Avenue.
The celebration will kick off with tunes from members of Cota Cats at 10 a.m., followed by the A.T. Community™ designation ceremony at 10:30 a.m. featuring a proclamation signing and the presentation of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs 125th Incorporation Anniversary plaque. Following the ceremony, a guided tour will be provided at 11:30 a.m. at the Hikers Center. The event will conclude with a historical hike of Lake Lenape at 12:30 p.m. and a moderately strenuous, 2.2-mile hike up to Mt. Minsi with the WTC at 2 p.m.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate Delaware Water Gap as an A.T. Community™ partner in Pennsylvania that is helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail,” said Julie Judkins, community program manager for the ATC. “These new partnerships increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning and support healthy lifestyles for community citizens.”
Honored guests and speakers at the designation ceremony include Wendy Janssen, superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Ron Tipton, ATC’s executive director and CEO; Robert Gallagher, Delaware Water Gap mayor; John Donahue, superintendent of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area; Rep. Rosemary Brown, 189th District Pennsylvania; Chuck Cooper of the A.T. Committee; Chair John Moyer of Monroe County; and Deputy Executive Director Jeff Heishman of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. ATC Regional Director Karen Lutz will emcee the event.
"The designation of the Borough of Delaware Water Gap as an Appalachian Trail Community™ reinforces what all of us who live, visit, and hike in Delaware Water Gap know: that we have a great town with easy access to the Appalachian Trail and many other trails, we are surrounded by natural beauty and have a small but diverse business community to serve hikers, day trippers and residents,” said Town Council member Elvi De Lotto.
Appalachian Trail Community™ designation
Location: Delaware Water Gap, PA
Date: Saturday, June 28
10:00 a.m. Event begins with music from members of Cota Cats
10:30 a.m. A.T. Community™ designation ceremony
11:30 a.m. Tour at Hikers Center
12:30 p.m. Guided historical hike of Lake Lanape
2:00 p.m. Event concludes with a 2.2-mile hike up to Mt. Minsi
Created in 2010, the A.T. Community™ program serves to recognize communities that promote and protect the A.T. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation. More information about the A.T. Community™ program is available at www.appalachiantrail.org/atcommunity.
For more information about the Delaware Water Gap designation event, contact Judkins at [email protected].
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Email: [email protected]