Multiple local organizations are gathering together to welcome a new attraction for residents and visitors alike — a new trailhead for the Corry Junction Greenway Trail equipped with a bike kiosk.
Impact Corry, the Northwest PA Trail Association, Blue Zones Project - Corry and the Downtown Corry Business Association (DCBA) are hosting a Slow Roll event on Friday, Oct. 4, in conjunction with DCBA’s October First Fridays.
Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper will lead Slow Roll event participants on a one-mile route from Mead Park, 945 Mead Ave., Corry, to the railroad property in downtown Corry where a new trailhead for the Corry Junction Greenway Trail will be dedicated near the Climax Engine mural.
Slow Roll participants are welcome to ride bikes, walk, jog or run the route from Mead Park to the railroad property — a triangle shaped parcel between Center Street and Maple Avenue near the Cancer Society Garden.
The new trailhead area will include a bike rack, a bike fix-it station and an Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail (EPT) kiosk designed by Chelsea Oliver, who is a current Corry resident and former Pittsburgh resident as well as an Impact Corry Legacy Committee member.
“The area that will be dedicated is the final piece to a long process to extend the Corry Junction Greenway Trail to Corry’s downtown business district,” said Marty Radock, Impact Corry Legacy Committee member and EPT project leader.
Corry’s Slow Roll event will begin with participants gathering at Mead Park's main entrance at 5 p.m. where Blue Zones Project - Corry will be handing out water bottles and bike helmets for children, while supplies last.
The Slow Roll will depart the park at 5:30 p.m. with Dahlkemper leading the group down Mead Avenue, left onto Elk Street and then right onto North Center Street to end at the railroad property in downtown Corry.
A ribbon cutting ceremony with brief remarks will begin at 6:15 p.m. as the new Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail kiosk is unveiled. The three-sided kiosk will feature a map of the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail, Corry's history and a map of the city of Corry.
“This is such a great opportunity for Corry and I am honored to be a part of it,” Oliver said. “The more progress we are able to make on these trails, the more revenue and visitors come to our town, which directly leads to even greater opportunities for all of us in the future.”
After the Slow Roll, all are welcome to stay downtown to enjoy DCBA’s October First Fridays event, which is themed Furry Friends, allowing leashed pets to join in the Slow Roll activities as well.
Out-of-town Slow Roll participants can park their vehicles in Mead Park or alternative parking will be available closer to the downtown area at Relevant Church, 100 W. South St.
For complete details or to RSVP for the Slow Roll, visit Impact Corry’s website at impactcorry.org/erie-to-pittsburgh-trail.
The Corry Junction Greenway Trail runs from Chautauqua County in New York to Erie County in Pennsylvania. Currently, the trail's endpoints are near Sciota Road in Corry and Knowlton Road in Clymer, New York.
The Northwest PA Trail Association and Impact Corry have been working not only to make this extension to Corry’s downtown but also have plans to fill in the trail gaps from Corry’s trail to nearby Spartansburg’s East Branch Trail, both of which are part of the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail that starts at Dobbins Landing in Erie and ends at Point State Park in Pittsburgh.
“Once the connection between Erie’s Dobbins Landing and The Point in Pittsburgh are completed, people could ride their bikes from Washington, D.C., and back,” Radock said. “What a positive economic opportunity for our local communities.”