Annual rally to connect the Ma & Pa Trail set for Sunday in Bel Air

Connecting the Ma & Pa Trail through Bel Air has been an elusive goal and another rally is Sunday

Will the final leg of the Ma & Pa Trail ever be built?

Leaders of The Ma & Pa Heritage Trail Inc. are keeping hope alive with another annual trail walk Sunday to promote the connection of the Forest Hill and Bel Air segments of the popular walkway.

The two-mile segment from in Forest Hill and a four-mile segment in Bel Air remain unconnected. Trail lovers have been pushing for the three-mile stretch between the two trailheads, most of it on the north side of Bel air, to finally be joined.

The county allocated $150,000 in its 2015 budget toward the design for the trail.

No action has been taken on those plans since then, said Rod Bourn, who is one of two Heritage Trail organizers along with Phil Hosmer.

"We haven't had any significant change," Bourn said. "Talks continue on various levels, but we continue to make our efforts."

Walkers will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at the trailhead at Williams and Ellendale streets, Parking will be available at the Liriodendron parking lot and the Bel Air Athletic Club is providing buses to take walkers to the Forest Hill trail segment off Bynum Road.

Live music will be provided by Birddog and snacks and activities will be offered by the Bel Air Athletic Club.

The Ma & Pa Heritage Trail Inc. is a non-profit group that works with the county's parks and recreation department to support the trail.

The trail route is designated in its entirety in the County Master Plan. More information is available at http://www.mapatrail.org.

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