The PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) recently approved grant funds for two projects in Wayne County. The grants, totaling $313,972, will help create a river trail from Honesdale to Hawley with official access points for paddlers, anglers, and everyone to enjoy the Lackawaxen River.
The Wayne County Commissioners applied for the grant, partnering with the Wayne Pike Trails & Waterways Alliance, which helped raise the necessary matching funds for the grants. Together, the Commissioners and the Alliance volunteers would like to thank everyone who has contributed funding so far, including the Villaume Foundation, the Human Resource Foundation, the Wayne County Community Foundation, Wayne Bank, The Dime Bank, Honesdale National Bank, and many local businesses and individuals.
Several local trails advocacy and others groups joined forces into the Trails & Waterways Alliance, which came to the Wayne Tomorrow! Initiative seeking support and assistance in creating a trail linking the two towns. The Alliance helped raise the funds for the feasibility study as well. Wayne Tomorrow! strategic documents recognize the economic and quality of life value of the county’s natural and culture assets.
The idea of a river trail has been floating around for a number of years but took shape during a feasibility study, which was completed and released in May 2020. Complaints by private property owners regarding trespassers trying to get to the river during the study process, supported the goal to create public access points that would provide parking, boat ramps, and walking trails.
The PFBC was excited to learn of the feasibility study and the tentative plan. Staff members came to Wayne County three times in 2020 to help evaluate the potential list of sites and narrow the focus to five of the 10 to 12 sites mentioned in the study. The grant funding supports projects at Industrial Point (12th Street in Honesdale) and at White Mills. Construction will include concrete boat ramps, ADA parking, ADA-compliant walking trails to the river, and dry compost restrooms. Industrial Point will also include picnic tables and benches. Both sites will have signage with the PFBC rules and enforcement and interpretative information on local nature and history.
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