About The Trail


Total LHT distance currently planned: 20.2 miles
Total LHT open, accessible to public: 11.8 miles
Total distance remaining to complete: 8.4 miles
Over 58% of the LHT is now available for use


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History
Mission
Governance
Form 990
Trail Facts
Partners
LHT Board Log-in

History

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20+ miles bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, New Jersey. 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. We also promote health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.

The LHT was conceived by employees of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Lawrenceville campus in 2001 and then quickly embraced by staff from Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The LHT was officially incorporated in 2002.

Since its inception, the LHT has achieved many milestones with the support of: Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, the County of Mercer, and the State of New Jersey; our corporate sponsors, Bristol Myers-Squibb and Educational Testing Service (ETS); many other partners, the Delaware & Raritan Greenway Land Trust, the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, the Hopewell Valley YMCA, The Lawrenceville School, Main Street Lawrenceville, the Lawrence Township Public Schools, NJ Department of Transportation, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, NJ Green Acres Program, St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, Brandywine Realty Trust, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Master Gardeners of Mercer County; and a number of bicycle clubs, recreational groups, environmental organizations, and local residents.

Public access to over 50% of the LHT was achieved in 2008 and we have established a goal to complete the entire trail by 2012.



Mission

The mission of the LHT is:

To enhance the Lawrence Township and Hopewell Township communities by planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining a safer public system of biking and pedestrian trails with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Educational Testing Service serving as anchors for the trail to which other paths and projects might connect.

The LHT:

  • Is designed to provide residents and visitors with greater and more personal access
  • Is designed to be a safer alternative to roadways and contribute to the reduction of accidents
  • Is designed to be family-friendly and handicapped accessible, wherever possible.
  • Is intended to encourage healthy lifestyles, including exercise and physical fitness
  • Hosts alternative modes of transportation connecting businesses, shops, restaurants, schools, parks, open spaces, and transportation nodes to reduce reliance on automobiles, conserve energy, and combat pollution
  • Is constructed using environmentally friendly construction techniques whenever possible
  • Provides free recreational opportunities
  • Is a hub that provides links with other planned and existing local trail systems
  • Increases property values
  • Is a community activity producing a community amenity
  • Is a model for the development of private-public partnerships and shared services
  • Is an advocacy platform for cyclists and pedestrian issues such as access and safety


Governance

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) is a nonprofit entity incorporated in the State of New Jersey for the purpose of developing and maintaining a bicycle and pedestrian trail.  We are governed by a 17-member Board of Trustees (board of directors).  The Board ensures the LHT has the resources necessary to carry out our mission and strategic plan.

Board members reside in Hopewell or Lawrence Townships or are appointed by one of our partners.

Board members chair or co-chair LHT committees.  Volunteers who support us, known as Friends of the LHT, also serve on the committees.

The Board meets regularly and elects four officers annually.  The officers are: Co-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer.

LHT Board members serve voluntarily without compensation.

LHT Board of Trustees
Becky Taylor – Co-President, LHT, Founder, BTaylor Public Affairs
Eleanor Horne – Co-President LHT, Vice President, Educational Testing Service, (retired)
Lindsey Bohra -  Executive Director, Lawrenceville Main Street
Wes Brooks – CFO/COO The Lawrenceville School
Allen J. Cannon – Hopewell Township Deputy Mayor and Committee Mayor
Leslie Floyd – Assistant Director, Mercer County Planning Office
Peter Garnich  -  Owner, Knapp’s Cyclery
Alan Hershey -
Richard Krawczun – Lawrence Township Manager
Peter Kremer -  Planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff
John Murray, PE.  – Director, Facilities and Operations, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Amie Rukenstein -  Partner, Rukenstein Associates
Mark Solomon, Esq. – Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLC
Cie Stroud — Owner, Catherine Stroud Photography
Kurt Vollherbst - Owner, Kurt’s Kourts
Jay Watson -
Dr. Jill Young  -  Doctor, Family Medicine, Capital Health

 

LHT Consultants
Michael Gray, Project Manager
Heather Kearns-Latini, Admin Support



Form 990

The IRS Form 990 is titled “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax.” It is submitted by tax-exempt organizations and non-profit organizations to provide the Internal Revenue Service with annual financial information. A short version, Form 990-EZ, may be used by organizations with gross receipts of less than $100,000 and total assets of less than $250,000.

The Form 990 provides the public with financial information about a given organization and is often the only source of such information. It is also used by government agencies to prevent organizations from abusing their tax-exempt status. In June 2007, the IRS released a new Form 990 that requires significant disclosures on governance and boards of directors.

The Form 990 disclosures strongly encourage nonprofit boards to adopt a variety of board policies regarding governance practices. These suggestions go beyond Sarbanes-Oxley requirements for nonprofits to adopt whistleblower and document retention policies.

IRC 6104(d) regulations state that an organization must provide copies of its three most recent Form 990s to anyone who requests them, whether in person, by mail, fax, or e-mail.

LHT 2008 IRS Form 990 Filing

The 2010 financial records of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation (LHT) will be posted as soon as they are available, reviewed and certified by our accountants, Mercadien, P.C., CPAs.



Trail Facts



Partners

Click on the name of a LHT Partner listed below to connect to their official website.

LHT Partners

Bristol-Myers Squibb
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
State of New Jersey
County of Mercer
Hopewell Township
Lawrence Township
Capital Health
D&R Greenway Land Trust
Main Street Lawrenceville
Master Gardeners of Mercer County
Saint Lawrence Rehabilitation Center
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association
The Lawrenceville School

Collaborating Organizations

Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance
Hopewell Valley Regional School District
Hopewell Valley YMCA
Lawrence Township Public Schools
Princeton Free Wheelers
Princeton Family YMCA
West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance

East Coast Greenway www.greenway.org



LHT Board Log-in

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