Nearly 100 people participated in Sunday afternoon’s ninth annual Ma & Pa Trail Connection Walk, organizers said.
The two-mile walk followed the approximate route of the planned connection of the trail between Blake’s Venture Park in the Forest Hill area and the Williams Street Trail head in Bel Air.
The weather was sunny but a little on the chilly side. This year’s walk was originally scheduled for Oct. 29 but was rescheduled because of rain than that day.
The annual event is sponsored by the Ma & Pa Heritage Trail, Inc., a Harford County based nonprofit that advocates for the popular trail. The group has worked diligently to bring attention to the need for a connection between the Bel Air to Fallston segement and the Forest Hill segment of the trail.
Sunday’s annual connection walk gave participants to learn more about the planned new trail segment for which Harford County government completed rights-of-way acquisitions in 2016 and continues to work on design and obtaining funding to build the connection.
Organizers of the walk said on the Ma & Pa Trail, Inc.’s, Facebook page that participants were able to learn more about the planned connection. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman met with the walkers before they started out.
“We had such a large crowd that the State Police stopped by to make sure we were safe as we walked along Route 1,” the Facebook post stated. “Special thanks to Phil Anderson and Debbie Ropiski for their work in marking the trail and providing a snack/water break along the route. Sometime in late 2019/early 2020, we will have a connected trail!”