Outstanding Leader Award – Jenks Township Supervisors of Marienville, PA (Forest County). Forest County’s Jenks Township has been a leader in recreation asset development and the Board sees the tremendous economic opportunities that can result from this investment When they learned that a 73 mile rail trail may come right through Marienville, they started a movement to save the train station situated along the abandoned rail/future trail corridor. Their dream of transforming the former B & O Railroad station into a trailhead and visitor information center is starting to take shape. The mini-grant received from Lumber Heritage Region and PA Wilds Planning Team to develop a “Trail Hub” concept plan has helped bring this idea to life.
Jenks Township purchased the train station and 4.59 acres in 2015 as part of a plan to develop a four seasons recreational trail hub that will access the trails of the Allegheny National Forest and the Cook Forest Region. The Trail Hub will be the starting point for walking, biking, equestrian, snowmobiles, cross country skiing and eventually ATV’s.
The Jenks Township Supervisors would like to acknowledge the help and support of PA Wilds, Lumber Heritage, Janie French, Headwaters Inc., Meredith Hill, DCNR, Mike Callahan of Local Needs Local Places, Rob Fallon, ANF, the Forest County Commissioners, Rowan Rose, IDC, The EADS Group and all the community members for the help on the new station roof. We will continue to work towards the completion of this project for our community.
Picture credit – Rowan Rose
Pictured – Tracy Frampton: The EADS Group, Kevin Carter: Supervisor, Christy Snyder: Supervisor, Gregory Geyer: Supervisor