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Montgomery Parks, Pepco Break Ground on New Six-Mile Trail to Meander Beneath Powerlines

On Thursday morning, officials from Montgomery Parks and Pepco, gathered with trail enthusiasts beneath the powerlines in Darnestown to break ground on a new six-mile, natural surface, multi-use trail that will connect the Muddy Branch Stream Valley to South Germantown Recreational Park.

The trail is being created and maintained through a collaboration among Montgomery Parks, Pepco and the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE). Pepco is the landowner of the trail, and will serve as a design and permitting partner; Montgomery Parks will construct and patrol the trail; and MORE will maintain it.

“For years no one believed we could make this happen – but the dedicated work of trail advocates and Pepco’s commitment to seeing this project through means that bicyclists, hikers, runners and equestrians will have access to six miles of new recreational trails,” said Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board and Vice Chair of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. “These trails will link users to our own parks trail system and other important destinations, including employment centers, shopping and transit. This project sets an example for how community advocates and the public and private sectors can work together successfully and I’m grateful to everyone who played a role in making this project a reality.”

Building more trails for residents to use has been a priority of Montgomery Parks, according to Montgomery Parks Director Michael Riley. ““It will provide so many benefits of connectivity, helping people get from point A to point B, to and from schools. It’ll provide a venue for families to come out and exercise and recreate and experience nature,” he told the group of trail supports from all over the county who braved the cold wind atop the hill where the ceremony was held.

Pepco Region President Donna Cooper told the group of trail enthusiasts, “This will mean so much to the county, the residents, from an environmental perspective and from a recreational perspective as well as from an aspect of just being out here and enjoying the open space.”