The Wyoming County Greenway, Trails, and Open Space Plan began in 2019. The report is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) through the Keystone Fund and Wyoming County. The report follows the recommendation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan Completed in 2019 to pursue a plan based on recreation and open space. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the plan was delayed. As the pandemic upended everyone’s lives, it has proved that public open space, trails, and recreational spaces are essential for wellness by and large and has even promoted more people to be outside.
A significant takeaway of this plan is providing ample recreation opportunities within the County and infrastructure improvements to enhance current recreation spaces. Additionally, more efficient connectivity could be through the County and within townships and boroughs. Greater connectivity could, in turn, develop a network of recreational spaces and trails. Finally, the County and municipalities should advocate for a countywide council for municipal parks. Creating a dedicated team of proactive individuals that oversee and assist with park improvements, land acquisitions, park budgets would create an opportunity for municipalities and the County to merge resources.