Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie and state Rep. Jamie Santora (R-163) walked about a mile along the Darby Creek from Bridge St. to Bloomfield Ave. on Creek Road recently to view firsthand the condition of the Darby Creek Trail.
According to Micozzie, the Darby Creek Trail Plan started in 1976 followed by about 20 years of discussions.
“Each municipality started working on their own plan,” Micozzie said of the boroughs and townships along the winding waterway.
According to the TrailLink website, Haverford and Radnor townships have completed portions in their municipalities. Haverford’s is a one-mile trail in Glendale Park. Radnor’s is 2.4 miles from Radnor-Chester Road to Sugartown Road. Other boroughs have designated what sections will be used in their towns.
The trails are part of a massive effort to create a network of interconnected trails.
“The Trails people came to us to get it going again,” Micozzie said. “Jamie (Santora) is going to apply for land trust money for the program connecting trails from Darby Borough to Scottdale Road in Lansdowne into Upper Darby. All these trails have to have handicapped access. Our biggest problem is big rocks and rocky trails in one section not yet completed, along Nickelplate Road,” in Drexel Hill.
According to Micozzie, when the county and township acquired land to establish a dog park five or six years ago, it created a link for the trail from below Kent Park at Kmart (in Clifton Heights) up to the Garrett Road Bridge and the Swedish Cabin.
Kent Park, adjoining the dog park, on Bridge St. off Baltimore Pike, is a scenic 10-acre stretch of land along the Darby Creek under the Lindbergh Bridge. The area features hiking, a playground, fishing area and the fenced-in dog park with a covered pavilion and benches.
Friends of Darby Creek Trails and Friends of Swedish Cabin joined in the walk.