Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) officially celebrated Forbidden Drive’s designation as 2018 Trail of the Year by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on June 21. In a ceremony in front of Valley Green Inn, city and state officials recognized the five-mile trail’s beauty, history, and environmental value, as well as FOW and the many volunteers who work tirelessly to preserve this precious resource for future generations.

Gathered at the newly installed sign marking Forbidden Drive as 2018 Trail of the Year are (from left): Numa F. St. Louis,district representative, Congressman Dwight Evans; David Pope, Friends of the Wissahickon board member; Maura McCarthy, executive director, Friends of the Wissahickon; Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Michael DiBerardinis, managing director, City of Philadelphia; Stephanie Craighead, director of planning, preservation and property management, Philadelphia Parks & Recreations, and Friends of the Wissahickon board member,  and Henry Stroud, member-at-large, Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee.

Planting a tree on the bank of Wissahickon Creek to commemorate the 2018 Trail of the Year are (from left): John Holback, field operations manager, Friends of the Wissahickon; Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and Peg Shaw, director of land management, Friends of the Wissahickon.  

Photos by Charles Uniatowski