About The Trail


Total LHT distance currently planned: 22 miles
Total LHT open, accessible to public: 18.7 miles
Total distance remaining to complete: 3.3 miles
Over 85% of the LHT is now available for use




Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

7-06-16 evh

Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

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More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

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More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

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More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

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More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

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More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

  • #LHTRocks

More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer



Dear Friends of the LHT,

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) has been designed, constructed, and maintained by your neighbors—people like you who place great value in enjoying their community, people who care about the environment, and who want to reduce our dependence on cars.

You and your neighbors, fans of the Trail—either as individuals or as members of our sponsoring organizations—have been our advocates. You have supported our signature events, such as The LHT Full Moon Ride or Trail and Treat Ride for kids. You have helped maintain the LHT and to do the work necessary to move us closer to completing the 22-mile loop. You have been among the thousands of people who regularly use the trail, thus demonstrating the value of the LHT, not only to Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, but all of Mercer County and beyond. The trail truly is a destination and you have all helped sustain the LHT by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  For all that you have done to make the LHT an essential community amenity, we thank you. Truly, the LHT has been built by the community, for the community!

As 2016 comes to a close, we ask that you consider continuing your support of your trail by making a financial contribution to the LHT. From every dollar you contribute, almost ninety-five cents will go to constructing, managing, and maintaining the LHT and developing programs that encourage its use for health, fitness, and fun.

With your support, we anticipate that 2017 will be a banner year for the LHT. Upcoming trail additions include construction in Lawrence Township, slated to begin on a segment on Province Line Road that crosses Route 206 and near Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Route 206 campus. Additionally, we will rededicate the trail segment on the new BMS Princeton Pike campus that now circles a working farm, so that you can enjoy this farm each season of the year.  In Hopewell Township, we will open the beautiful Whiskey House segment on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, install a mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on Carter Road, and begin developing the trail segment at the Mount Rose Preserve on Carter Road. Of course, we will again sponsor the Full Moon Ride through Mercer Meadows Park and Trail and Treat Ride!  With your help we will introduce an all new initiative, the LHT Historical Signage Project, in which we will provide information about 34 historically significant locations along the LHT. Think of it. You and your family will be able to ride the LHT and enjoy a history lesson at the same time!

Please continue your support of the LHT by making a tax-deductible contribution by either clicking on the “Help Us/Donate” button on the LHT website, www.LHTrail.org, or by donating through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign, or by sending a check to:

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

Thank you for your support of the LHT.  You have helped us get so far! We need your support to complete your Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

In honor of the National Opt Outside movement, taking place the day after Thanksgiving, please join the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and come outside with us and enjoy the trail rather than spending the day shopping! The LHT has partnered with REI Co-op Princeton to bring the newest outdoor fun, Rocking, to the trail. Throughout the whole of the LHT, almost 20 bikeable and walkable miles, over 200 rocks painted by LHT volunteers will be out for youngsters and families alike to find!

Once LHT rocks are found, the finders can take the rocks home with them or they can move the rock along the trail! To help keep this ROCK(ing) event going, please take a selfie with your LHT rock and tag it with #lhtrocks via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to see yourself AND your rock featured on the LHT website! We can’t wait for you to join us and Opt Outside!

Want to see what others are doing on Black Friday? Follow #OptOutside on social media.
 

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More than 150 children dressed as princesses, super heroes and other costumed characters came out to Village Park on Sunday, October 23 for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s 2nd Annual Trail and Treat event. The crisp and sunny fall weather was a perfect backdrop for kids to collect treats, ride the trail and enjoy many activities such as painting rocks, crafting and face-painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the very talented students from Princeton School of Rock.

“The event’s great success was due in part to the generous local business donations,” said LHT board member Lindsey Bohra. “We can’t thank them enough for their continued support for these community oriented events.”

“We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers work with the LHT,” added LHT board member Jill Young. “The trail is built for the community, by the community, and it is events like this that remind us that in working together, we can help to create long-lasting family memories.”

To view full gallery of photos from the event click here.

  • Photo by Becky Taylor

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CORRECTED DATE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

For the second year, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the Trail and Treat, celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 3-12. The ride and fun activities  will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Village Park in Lawrence Township.

We have planned separate  activities on and off the LHT.  Activities, including bike decorating, face painting, crafts and games, will begin at 3 p.m. The School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags. There will be two rides, one geared toward younger riders, ages 3 to 6, and another for the more experienced riders, ages 6-12.  Walkers are welcomed. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.

Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome.  Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets.

The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-hopwell-trails-2nd-annual-trail-and-treat-registration-27845837650

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Early evening clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of some 400-plus bicyclists who participated in the third annual Full Moon ride, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission on Saturday night, September 17. By the time riders had cycled through six miles of meadows and woodlands at Mercer Meadows, the clouds had parted and a full harvest moon provided natural light for a great ending at Rosedale Lake.

Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Cyclists to gather for evening ride through woods and meadows under this year’s harvest moon

Please join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride this Saturday night, September 17, at Mercer Meadows’ Rosedale Park off Federal City Rd. in Hopewell, N.J.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a harvest moon, and we’re hoping for an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

This is the third year for the ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of the threat of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance. Registration for the ride is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

Full Moon Ride t-shirts are being offered in another fundraising effort for the trail this year. “Our goal is to create a different design for each ride so the t-shirts become collectible items from each year’s event.” added Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT.

The t-shirts boast a trendy bike-and-nature-themed mandala design, with yellow on a dark purple fabric that gives nod to the nighttime setting of the event. They will be priced at $10 each. For a preview of the shirt design, click this link http://goo.gl/QJFbb3.

Should there be any question about weather impacting the ride, please visit the LHT website on September 17 after 6 pm. The LHT will post information about cancellation, should that be necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2016

HARVEST MOON EXPECTED TO DRAW HUNDREDS TO THE LAWRENCE HOPEWELL TRAIL’S ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE, SEPTEMBER 17

Nighttime bike ride winds through woods and meadows at Mercer Meadows

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said. In the case of inclement weather on the day of the ride, a rain date is scheduled for September 18.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) project manager is an important part of the team charged with responsibility for helping to implement the LHT Strategic Plan and managing the day-to-day operations of the Corporation.  The overall goal of the project is to complete and maintain the trail, help manage partner relationships, assist with fundraising and communications, and provide programs that will promote the use of the trail for health, recreation, and as alternative to automobile transportation.  The LHT team consists of an 18-member Board of Trustees including two co-presidents, the project manager, and the administrative assistant.  While the project manager supports the Board and its committees as a whole, he/she is a consultant and reports directly to the co-presidents.  The administrative assistant is also a consultant and a direct report to the project manager.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Support the co-presidents and the committees of the Board of Trustees in achieving the goals set forth in the LHT Strategic Plan.  Provide advice and direct project support that may include, but not be limited to:

 

Monitoring Trail Contracts and Administration

  • Monitoring applications for permits and monitoring progress on construction, engineering, and maintenance projects.
  • Monitoring contracts to make certain that all requirements are met and funds are appropriately accounted for.  Supervision of other consultants as required.
  • Keeping all maps and descriptive materials current.
  • Periodically monitoring the maintenance of the LHT.
  • Working with the treasurer on governmental filings such as IRS Form 990.

 

Supporting the Work of the LHT Board of Trustees

  • Researching potential funding sources and preparing and monitoring proposals and grant applications.
  • Preparing meeting minutes.
  • Plan and execute community events and projects that promote the use of the LHT.

 

Maintaining Relationships with Stakeholders

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders as required.
  • Representing the LHT in a variety of settings with governmental officials, community and corporate leaders, and trail organizations.
  • Assisting in the coordination of volunteers, including creating community service opportunities for students, scouting organizations and others.

 

Program Development and Communications

  • Developing content for the website and serving as the interface with the web designer and maintenance firm.
  • Developing content for FaceBook and other appropriate social media and maintain those sites.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence, PowerPoint, and other presentations.

 

Other Duties Assigned As Needed

 

Knowledge and Skills Required

 

  • Experience in the management of complex projects
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

 

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

 

  • Trail design, development, and maintenance and environmental regulations
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of Mercer County area, especially Lawrence and Hopewell Townships
  • Ability to use QuickBooks, WordPress, UMapper, Twitter, and FaceBook

 

Estimated Time Commitment

 

Ten to 15 hours weekly on average. Should have some flexibility during evenings and weekends.

 

Salary

 

To be negotiated. Part-time. Successful candidate is hired as a consultant, not an employee. Benefits are not included.

 

To Apply

 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to evhorne@gmail.com and Becky@btaylorpa.com.  Indicate LHT Project Manager Application in the subject line.

 

For a downloadable copy of this job description, click here

 

 

 

 

 

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Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com

Come visit the Lawrence Hopewell Trail booth at the 18th Annual Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee!

Sunday, May 1st from 12-5pm.
2016 Jubilee Flyer