River Walk joins the state’s elite, gets running mate

The Susquehanna River Walk was first envisioned in 2000.

It was included in the 2002 Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Strategic Vision and became a reality in 2008.

Even as it was being constructed, the River Walk was attracting curiosity seekers who would use it for an impromptu stroll, according to Mark Murawski, Lycoming County transportation supervisor.

That’s when Murawski knew that the pathway on the Williamsport and South Williamsport sides of the Susquehanna River with a sparkling, 360-degree view of our area would be heavily used.

Murawski has been with the county for 32 years overseeing infrastructure projects. The river walk remains his favorite.

He is not alone.

The river walk last week was named one of three greenways or trails statewide designated a Great Place in Pennsylvania by the American Planning Association’s Pennsylvania Chapter. There are only 31 Great Places in Pennsylvania.

Stating the obvious, Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and National Resources, said the designation put the river walk in an elite group.

We would suggest the deserved designation actually is overdue. We doubt there is a more perfectly placed walking path in the state. It is the ultimate promoter of personal health and the natural beauty of our state.

The designation was, fittingly, a surprise announcement during STEP Inc.’s Pathway to Fitness dedication at the STEP RiverWalk Center in South Williamsport.

Nestled outside the South Williamsport Park Complex, the pathway offers exercise equipment stations along its trail. For those unfamiliar with the pathway, take a look for yourself and you will see it is a perfect complement to the Susquehanna River Walk that adds to our local portfolio of natural, health-inspiring places.