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Plan Calls for 20 Parking Spots at Trailhead

The Lower Saucon Township trailhead along the Saucon Rail Trail is near Reading Drive and Bingen Road.

Plans for Lower Saucon Township's trailhead on the Saucon Rail Trail were discussed at township council's Sept. 5 meeting.

Planner Judy Stern-Goldstein, of Boucher and James, said the plans that have been prepared call for the creation of 20 parking spaces, a small picnic area with tables that are "clustered together," an information kiosk, a restroom and a water fountain, among other things.

The trailhead amenities will be built on a narrow tract along the trail, near the intersection of Reading Drive and Bingen Road.

Formerly known as the Timko property, the parcel is the township's only public access point along the popular rail trail.

The Timko property was acquired by the township earlier this year, and many hikers and bikers are already utilizing it.

Stern-Goldstein told council that the plans call for a "limited amount" of woodland to be disturbed by the development of the trailhead.

"It's a pretty simple plan," she said. “It offers the minimum that you really need to offer in a trailhead.”

Council president Glenn Kern agreed, calling the plan "pretty straightforward."

The plan will next be reviewed by members of the multi-municipal Saucon Rail Trail Oversight Commission.

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