June 17, 2016
by Berks Nature
Come fall 2017, Reading and Berks County will welcome hundreds of trail professionals, volunteers and advocates, after the announcement this week that the city has been selected to host the 2017 PA Greenways and Trails Summit.
Seven organizations from across Pennsylvania submitted proposals to host the biannual summit, organized every other year by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), along with a host in the chosen city. Reading was selected from a joint proposal submitted by Schuylkill River National Heritage Area and Berks Nature, who will now join PRPS and the DCNR in planning the 2017 Summit.
Official dates for the 2.5 day event have yet to be announced. Much of the summit will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Reading, including education and networking sessions and keynote presentations focused on greenways and trails. Additional off-site tours and mobile workshops will be held throughout Berks County and on its many miles of trailway.
PRPS Grants and Training Coordinator Emily Gates praised the winning proposal penned by Silas Chamberlin, executive director of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area, and Berks Nature President Kimberly J. Murphy, who together will co-chair the event.
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