Walk the proposed link of Ma & Pa Trail Sunday

The Aegis

Members of the Ma and Pa Heritage Trail Inc. will lead a walk Sunday, Oct. 29 along the proposed section of the trail that will connect the northern and southern ends.

Walkers will meet at 1 p.m. at the William Street trailhead, take a bus up to the Blake's Venture head then walk the proposed link back to Bel Air.

Walkers are reminded to bring water for the hike and that their feet may get wet, as this is not a paved trail and there are a few streams to cross.

Members will also provide a brief update on the connection.

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman announced nearly a year ago that, after years of negotiations, the county had reached an agreement with the family of the late Sen. Robert Hooper for an easement that will allow both sections to be connected.

The county agreed to pay $100,000 for an approximately 660-foot long by 20-foot wide easement through the property owned by H & H Joint Venture LLC.

The connection will create a 7.5-mile continuous trail from Jarrettsville Road in Forest Hill to Annie's Playground in Fallston, crossing two main thoroughfares along the way – Tollgate Road near the Equestrian Center and Main Street in town.

At the announcement last November, Glassman said he hopes to break ground for construction in the spring of 2018 and have the trail open within a year of that year.

Check out the Ma & Pa Trail website, www.mapatrail.org.

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