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Murrysville Parks
+ Park/Reserve Summary
+ Bear Hollow Park
+ Bear Hollow Trail
+ Duff Park
+ Kellman/Skena Reserves
+ M. C. P.
+ Pleasant Valley Park
+ Sardis Park
+ Townsend Park

Westmoreland Conservancy Reserves
+ Caywood Reserve
+ Flinn Reserve
+ King Reserve
+ McGinnis Reserve
+ Morosini Reserve
+ Potter's Corner
+ Tomer Reserve
+ Walter Reserve

Cross-Murrysville Routes

Turtle Creek Rail Trail Project

Trails Beyond Murrysville

Outdoors Related Sites

MTA Archives
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MTA Charter and Bylaws

MTA Charter (approved 1/20/10) Bylaws (modified 11/13/13)

Murrysville Comprehensive Recreation and Parks Plan, and Appendices, dated 8/16/11

Murrysville Trail News

January 2020 (Volume 8, Issue 1)

September 2019 (Volume 7, Issue 3)

May 2019 (Volume 7, Issue 2)

January 2019 (Volume 7, Issue 1)

September 2018 (Volume 6, Issue 3)

May 2018 (Volume 6, Issue 2)

January 2018 (Volume 6, Issue 1)

September 2017 (Volume 5, Issue 3)

May 2017 (Volume 5, Issue 2)

January 2017 (Volume 5, Issue 1)

September 2016 (Volume 4, Issue 3)

May 2016 (Volume 4, Issue 2)

January 2016 (Volume 4, Issue 1)

October 2015 (Volume 3, Issue 4)

July 2015 (Volume 3, Issue 3)

April 2015 (Volume 3, Issue 2)

January 2015 (Volume 3, Issue 1)

October 2014 (Volume 2, Issue 4)

July 2014 (Volume 2, Issue 3)

April 2014 (Volume 2, Issue 2)

January 2014 (Volume 2, Issue 1)

October 2013 (Volume 1, Issue 4)

July 2013 (Volume 1, Issue 3)

April 2013 (Volume 1, Issue 2)

January 2013 (Volume 1, Issue 1)

Reference Material about Trails in Murrysville

Trail Blazing Instruction

Policy No. 20-05 - Municipality of Murrysville - Specifications for
Construction and Maintenance Manual for Hiking, Bicycling and Cross-country Skiing Trails

Year 2002 Comprehensive Plan - Appendix B (Partial) & C - Contains information on land use patterns, analysis of parks, reserves, private recreational facilities, etc. (5 MB)

Other Reference Material

Promoting Active Transportation: An Opportunity for Public Health; American Public Health Association, Safe Routes to School, 10/12 (please note: this can take a minute to download)

Overview of Pennsylvania Recreational Use of Land & Water Act from (see for related materials and discussion)

Discussion of Traffic Calming from

"The Official Map: A Handbook for Preserving and Providing Public Lands and Facilities"; PA DOT, DCNR, DCED, and PA Land Trust Association, 6/11

"Trail and Path Planning: A Guide for Municipalities"; Chester County, PA, 2007

"Guidelines for Marking Recreational Trails"; PA DCNR, 7/08

"Public Dedication of Land and Fees-In-Lieu for Parks and Recreation"; A Guide to Using Section 503(11) of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, 12/15/08, PALTA/DCNR

"Trail Maintenance 101", John Magerlein, 10/5/05, New York/New Jersey Trail Conference

Murrysville Community Library provides access to a wealth of material about trail building and trails, either from the Library's own collection or from other libraries in Westmoreland County via the Polaris system. Books and materials donated to Murrysville Community Library by the MTA include:

2011/2012 Allegheny Trail Alliance TrailBook (about the Great Allegheny Passage and C & O Canal Towpath)

Appalachian Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance, William Birchard Jr., 2000

Community Trails, the Brandywine Conservancy, 1997

Building Mountain Bike Trails DVD, USDA Forest Service, 2006

Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds, USDA Forest Service, 2007

Fifty Hikes in Western PA, by Tom Thwaites, 1990

Hike Pennsylvania, by John Young, 2001

Hiker's Guide to the Laurel Highlands Trail

Lightly on the Land: The SCA Trail Building and Maintenance Manual, Robert C. Birkby, 2005 (2nd Edition)

Linking Up: Planning your Traffic-Free Trip from Pittsburgh to Washington DC, by Mary Shaw and Roy Weil, 2012

Natural Surface Trails by Design, Troy Scott Parker, 2004

Teaching Kids to Love the Earth, by Marina Lachecki Herman et al, 1990

Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook, USDA Forest Service, 2007

Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack by Vernon Felton, 2004

Trail Training DVD Series, USDA Forest Service, 2008

Wetland Trail Design and Construction, Robert T. Steinholtz, 2007

MTA Donation of IMBA Trail Building Manual to Library
MTA's first donation of a book to the
Murrysville Community Library (March 2010)

Other trail building books:

Geosynthetics for Trails in Wet Areas, USDA, 2008

Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, AASHTO, 1999

Articles about Trail Initiative in Murrysville

"March for Parks to benefit trail project"; Julie Martin, Murrysville Star, 3/20/14

"March to Support a Turtle Creek Rail Trail"; by Dick Byers, The Conservancy Corner in the Penn-Franklin News, 3/19/14

"Proposal would expand trails in Murrysville"; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4/19/12

"Murrysville officials work to shape interest in trails"; Tribune-Review, 4/19/12

Articles and Books about Places to Bike

"Top 10 Highlights of the Great Allegheny Passage"; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/26/13

Several rail-trail guides are listed on the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website

Books about Places to Hike*
*many available at Murrysville Community Library, either from the Library's own collection or from other libraries in Westmoreland County via the Polaris system

Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh (Easy Day Hikes), Bob Frye, May 2009

Pennsylvania Hiking Trails, Keystone Trails Association, 2008

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh, Donna Ruff, May 2006

Hiking Pennsylvania: 55 of the state's greatest hiking adventures, John Young, 2008

Great Little Walks: A guide to walks on the Great Allegheny Passage and connecting trails in the Pittsburgh area, Yvonne Merrill, 2003

The Great Allegheny Passage Companion: guide to history and heritage along the trail, Willian Metzgar, 2003

Hiking Pennsylvania, Rhonda Ostertag, 2002

Hike America Pennsylvania: an atlas of Pennsylvania's greatest hiking adventures, John Young, 2001

Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in Western Pennsylvania: Walks and Day Hikes from the Laurel Highlands to Lake Erie, Tom Thwaites, March 2000 (Third edition)

Great Natural Areas in Western Pennsylvania, Stephen J. Ostrander, March 2000

The Laurel Highlands, a hiking guide, Sierra Club Allegheny Group, 2000

50 Hikes in Western Pennsylvania, Tom Thwaites, 1997

Best Hikes with Children in Pennsylvania, Sally Trepanowski, 1996

MTA Correspondence

4/24/14 Letter to Jim Morrison about site of old municipal building

7/16/13 Letter to Jim Morrison about proposed donation for trail naming

5/29/13 Letter to Murrysville Comprehensive Plan Update Committee

5/9/13 Letter of support for Turtle Creek Greenway/Westmoreland Heritage Trail Extension

5/9/13 Letter of support for Export park

11/7/11 Letter to Senator White stating MTA opposition to Sunday hunting (same letter also sent to Representatives Markosek and Evankovich)


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