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York County to expand tourist attraction

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Heritage Trail in York County receives its fair share of foot traffic.

"All the time I see people riding bikes, walking dogs, just going for walks," said Nathan Watts of York.

County officials estimate 250,000 people use the 13-mile trail each year. When an opportunity came up to expand, the county commissioners took it.

"The rail trail currently runs to the Maryland Line to York City, and what we would like to do is to connect the current trail to this section of the trail which would extend up to Rudy Park. It's about another four to five miles," County Commissioner Chris Reilly said.

The project funds will come from the Shale Legacy Fund, where the money must be used for recreation and open space projects. As one of York's most popular tourist attractions, many believe expanding the trail will have a positive trickle-down effect on the community.

"Especially through the city of York we have a cluster of new restaurants and bars that people would certainly want to enjoy visiting," Reilly said.

"If there is more traffic, then there is more commerce. People are going to need to buy things on their way through," Watts said.

Shrewsbury Township has been promised $30,000 for improvements to a park. Other than that, commissioners have not allocated the rest of the $365,000 they received from the state's natural gas drillers.

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