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Oct 03

Turning Our Trails Into Something Even More Beautiful…

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 2:38 PM by Anne Leavitt-Gruberger

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Thirty people joined Creative MontCo and the Montgomery County Planning Commission on October 1st to discuss the potential for putting art along our county’s trails.  Our inspired setting at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove made for a nice autumn day to sit outside and figure out what our priorities should be to move forward with this idea.

What’s art, you ask?  A weighty question, for sure, but the truth is that there are countless opportunities to make our trails even more dynamic.  Ideas ranged from murals in the more developed areas that our trails traverse (such as Spring Mill or Conshohocken) to wrappings that would cover eyesores along the trail (like utility boxes).  Large sculptures or land formations could enliven the parts of the trail that don’t offer much in the way of visuals.  Special exhibits like light projects or sound installations, could draw attention (and visitors) to some of the county’s larger waterways, like the Schuylkill River or the Perkiomen Creek.  The idea behind this is to be able to expand the network of people who use the county’s trails, as well as enhance the experiences of the people who already frequent them.

Next steps?  Creative MontCo will be taking the lead in working on a plan of action to move ahead with making some of these ideas a reality.  If you’re interested in this idea, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Anne Leavitt-Gruberger.  The presentations from the October 1st summit are available to view here.

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