Greenways are corridors of land that are intentionally designed to connect people and places. Within the study area, there may be multiple opportunities to create greenways. The Goat Path, an abandoned PennDOT project, has tremendous potential to be a greenway that provides not only passive recreation, but active recreation, cultural resources, and connectivity throughout East Lampeter and Upper Leacock. This 5 mile stretch will become the backbone for arterial greenways and trails connecting recreational, cultural, and community resources.
The Goat Path
The Goat path holds the potential to bring ecosystem services, community connectivity, as well as recreational and cultural services to the Conestoga Valley Region. As you can see above, this option provides paths for bikes and pedestrians while establishing meadows and connections to the greater community. The idea for the Goat Path, which will eventually become part of the Greater Lancaster Heritage Pathway, was proposed by the Alta Planning + Design team on the Lancaster Active Transportation Plan. This abandoned stretch of highway will become a backbone for the proposed trail network throughout the study area.
The images above are examples of the types of spaces that could be created along the Goat Path. If you have ideas of what you would like to see along the Goat Path, please follow this link to our online survey.
In this section on the Goat Path, the existing pasture is maintained while allowing access to the park via a trailhead. The trailhead provides parking and amenities while establishing a clear entrance to the park.