Master Plan for a Pathways System in Whitpain

A Trail System for Whitpain

The Vision (as of April 2010)

The vision is of a safe and enjoyable system of pathways, sidewalks and trails to connect Whitpain Township from Township Line Rd. North to Township Line Rd. South, and from Stony Creek Park to Prophecy Creek Park, with easy connections to the Wissahickon Green Ribbon Trail and other county trails. The Whitpain pathways system is envisioned as a safe, primarily off-road trail that would leverage existing Township property, PECO rights of way and other parks and open space.

Community Benefit

Increased neighborhood walkability and better access to open space will enhance the quality of life for people who live and work here. Residents are seeking safe, attractive pathways to connect our neighborhoods, parks, schools, and shopping. Research has shown that well-connected communities encourage healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyles, and are associated with higher property values and lower crime.

Green Ribbon Trail to Wentz Run Nature Trail

A new trail through existing Lower Gwynedd Township and Whitpain Township property would connect the Green Ribbon Trail in Penllyn Woods Park to Whitpain. It would continue as a road-based pathway along Township Line Rd. North to connect to a WVWA/Natural Lands Trust easement and protected open space property along Township Line Rd. and Cathcart.  The pathway would cross Morris Road at the traffic signal, directly to a new pathways system looping around the Montgomery County College athletic fields and buildings. This would continue as a road-based neighborhood pathway to cross Skippack Pike at an improved signal crossing, and connect to Wentz Run Park.

Wentz Run Nature Trail to Prophecy Creek and Stony Creek Park

An extended Wentz Run Nature Trail would connect Township property to sidewalks on Jolly Rd. and Union Meeting Rd., and continue to Township Line Rd. South. The pathway would continue to Narcissa Rd., go around Wings Field, and continue to Prophecy Creek Park for further linkages to the Briar Hill properties, other protected open space, and the Green Ribbon Trail. Another pathway would proceed from Township property near Wentz Run Park along the PECO right of way to Township open space along Stony Creek, and Stony Creek Park.