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October 17, 2014

I just returned from the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Musser Gap Greenway. The Musser Gap Greenway is the result of a collaboration between the ClearWater Conservancy, Penn State University, local government bodies, and many other local organizations.  The Greenway connects downtown State College (via Whitehall Road) to the Rothrock State Forest at Musser Gap. It was very exciting to hear about the collaboration of all the different groups that brought this project to fruition. Speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony included Katie Ombalski of the ClearWater Conservancy, Representative Scott Conklin, Jim Steph (Centre Region Council of Government), Jason Albright (DCNR Bureau of Forestry) and Nick Jones (Penn State Provost). It was great to hear them all speak and you could tell that they were all passionate about the project and what it brings to the community. The Nittany Valley Running Club organized a group to meet up and attend the ceremony. When it concluded, we provided instant gratification for the project organizers by running back to town via the Greenway! An exciting and beautiful addition to the community and an exciting event to a be part of.

Photo from ClearWater Conservancy Facebook page.

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NVRC runners break in the Musser Gap Greenway Trail

Photos below by Marty Mazur

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Tom Cali and Marty Klanchar chat at the ribbon cutting ceremony

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Mike Renz and Mike Martin are big fans of Rothrock Forest. They'd be spending the following Sunday running 50 miles as participants in the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK Ultramarathon

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Meira Minard and Amy Blake were happy to see the project come to fruition.

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The ribbon is cut! The trail is open!