Trails & Sidewalk Committee

Meetings


  • 3 p.m.
  • 1st Tuesday of each month
  • Township Building in the main conference room

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members


  • Michael Bontrager, Chair, Kennett Trails Alliance
  • Tim Peterson, Vice-Chair, LCAC liaison
  • Tom Janton, Kennett Trails Alliance
  • Tim Plemmons, EAC liaison
  • Sequoia Rock, TLC liaison
  • Rudy Karkosak, Planning Commission liaison
  • Carol Yetter, Community Volunteer

Mission & Goals


Our mission is to connect the residents of Kennett Township to our natural beauty and to each other through sidewalks and trails that promote health, safety and a sense of community. We are developing and promoting a trail and sidewalk plan to create a network which links major open spaces, parks, public facilities, and neighborhoods in the Township and beyond.

Our goal is to provide increased walkability and recreational opportunities throughout the Township, via sidewalks and trails.

Understanding that trail development can be a lengthy and complicated process, we coordinate with township officials and private organizations to promote a regional approach to trails and sidewalks.

Kennett Greenway


This 10-12 mile Greenway backbone is planned to connect Kennett area residents and visitors to the area’s major nature preserves and parks, and to the many amenities of highly walkable Historic Kennett Square. The Greenway will also connect to existing and planned neighborhood trail systems in Kennett Township, and nearby trails in New Garden Township, New Castle County, DE and beyond. Portions of the corridor are completed, but large sections are awaiting easement decisions and construction planning.

Goals for Sidewalks


Our long-range goal is to connect Kennett Township population centers to the Borough via sidewalks. Walking on a safe, connected network of sidewalks to restaurants, shopping, schools, athletic fields, etc. enhances the quality of life for everyone.

Why Establish Trails & Sidewalks?


Trails and sidewalks positively impact communities by providing not only recreation and transportation opportunities, but also by influencing economic and community development.

Benefits


Some of the many benefits include:
  • Making communities better places to live by preserving and creating open spaces
  • Linking neighborhoods with shopping, work and school
  • Encouraging physical fitness and healthy lifestyles
  • Functioning as a buffer between the ‘built’ and the natural environment
  • Providing enjoyable and safe options to car travel, thus reducing air pollution
  • Enhancing the value of open space to the public by providing access
  • Increasing the property values of homes located in close proximity to trails
  • Providing a sense of place and community pride by integrating trail and sidewalk networks into the community.
Communities where people can safely walk or bike to a park, school, shopping or a neighbor’s home are generally considered great places to live. We’ll see you on the trails. View photos of our trails.