Cherry Hill Council endorses construction of walking trails

Nine multi-purpose trails would be a part of Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Circuit Trails Plan

By TOM BECK
The Sun

Cherry Hill Town Council endorsed the construction of nine multi-purpose circuit trails at last week’s meeting.

Cherry Hill is one of 385 municipalities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that has trails connected to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Circuit Trails Plan, a concept that hopes to link 500 miles of trails throughout the greater Philadelphia region spanning nine counties in Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. The circuit trail is one of the largest trail networks in the United States and the DVRPC aims to complete 500 miles of trails or more by 2025. The nine multi-purpose trails the township passed a resolution endorsing would be a part of these 500 miles of trails of the DVRPC.

Plans for the trails’ locations can be viewed at www.dvrpc.org/webmaps/thecircuit.

Councilwoman Carole Roskoph was particularly proud of the resolution.

“I am very proud to be a part of the council that approved resolution 2017–9–18,” she said. “In Cherry Hill, we have a robust network of trails that are utilized around town on a daily basis. These trails are cultivated by dedicated volunteers who believe strongly in the many benefits provided by trails from better, safer access to non-motorized transportation to improved help and opportunities for physical activity to economic benefits and an increased sense of community.”

In other news:

  • At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Chuck Cahn honored Petty Officer Kenneth Smith, a Cherry Hill resident who was killed while on the USS John McCain’s when it collided with an oil tanker near Singapore last month, with a moment of silence. He also honored the victims of recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida and victims, families, men and women in uniform and first responders involved in the aftermath of the attack on 9/11 on the date 16 years prior.
  • During public discussion, Cherry Hill resident Naomi Lubkin criticized the “attitude” at the previous Tuesday’s zoning board meeting, which involved the approved plans for a Costco warehouse at Garden State Park. Lubkin said she was “appalled by the level of disrespect for the residents,” and added that some of the people who got up to talk during public discussion “were mocked.” Council President David Fleisher responded to the criticism at the end of the meeting, saying “as long as I’m running the meeting, everyone is welcome and will be treated with the utmost of respect. That’s how I believe we’ve conducted ourselves and my pledge is that we will continue to conduct ourselves that way.”