Kennett gets ‘Re-Kennected’

Area residents headed outside Saturday morning to get Re-Kennected with the walking and biking trails throughout the Kennett area.

The “Get Re-Kennected Activity Trail” event went from 8 a.m. to noon on trails that are part of the Kennett Greenway. Under sunny skies, walkers, runners, bicyclists, and families could traverse the trails and check out about eight different stations along the way.

“It’s an opportunity for people to get out and enjoy all the different aspects of Kennett Square,” said Christina Norland, the managing director of the Kennett Trails Alliance. She staffed the “Kennect to the Greenway” station at Pennock Park, greeted visitors, and talked about the day’s activities.

At the entrance to the trails by Pennock Park were representatives of Kennett CrossFit, who helped visitors with stretching. Another station featured the Friends of New Garden Trails, who talked about potential opportunities to connect the trails, and yet another highlighted Hispanic Heritage Month.

Trail goers could also “chalk the greenway” by creating chalk art on Chandler Mill Road and learn about the history of the Chandler Mill Bridge at another station.
Norland said the “Get Re-Kennected” event, sponsored by Kennett Township, the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, the Kennett Greenway, and Square Roots Collective, was a way to celebrate the “collaborative effort” to preserve the bridge and the trails in the area.

“We wanted to bring a little joy to people and get them outside,” she said. “We want to get people out to enjoy and appreciate the assets already in the community (and learn) why the Greenway is going to be such an asset to this corridor.”
Norland said that the Greenway, once it’s finished, “will connect five municipalities, 10 parks and preserves, 1,500 acres of open space and over 12,000 residents in Kennett Township and Kennett Borough.”

More information about the Kennett Greenway, including a map, can be found online.

 

About Monica Fragale

Monica Thompson Fragale is a freelance reporter who spent her life dreaming of being in the newspaper business. That dream came true after college when she started working at The Kennett Paper and, years later The Reporter newspaper in Lansdale and other dailies. She turned to non-profit work after her first daughter was born and spent the next 13 years in that field. But while you can take the girl out of journalism, you can’t take journalism out of the girl. Offers to freelance sparked the writing bug again started her fingers happily tapping away on the keyboard. Monica lives with her husband and two children in Kennett Square.

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