City hopes to host Greenways and Trails Summit

A committee has been formed to submit a proposal to the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society for the City of Warren to host the 2015 Pennsylvania Greenways and Trails Summit.

Mary Ann Nau, city administrator, said the proposal needs to be submitted by Aug. 30 for the city to be eligible.

The summit provides trail builders, volunteers, advocates, park and recreation professionals, and both motorized and non-motorized trail enthusiasts with the information needed to build, manage and maintain trails throughout the commonwealth, according to the PRPS informational release for interested municipalities.

The biennial event brings between 200 and 250 attendees, and has been held previously in Altoona, Grantville, Greensburg, Mechanicsburg, Pocono Manor , York and Franklin.

Funding for the summit will come from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Nau said the host city must be able to guarantee 150 hotel rooms for the event. Karen Sobkowski of the Warren County Visitors Bureau and committee member indicated that wouldn’t be a problem.

Other committee members include John Papalia Jr., Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry; Cora Lee Wenzel, also of the WCVB; Farley Wright, director of the Area Agency on Aging; Nau and City Zoning Administrator David Hildebrand; Dan Glotz, Warren County planning director; Janie French, Pennsylvania Wilds; Sue Himes, Allegheny Community Center; and others.

Nau said that Sobkowski told her that there are a handful of other communities interested in hosting the summit, including Brookville, another northwestern Pennsylvania municipality.