An Active Living by Design (ALbD) national program grant built 22 miles of multi-use trails in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley.
The Wyoming Valley is a community of small urban, suburban and rural municipalities along the Susquehanna River. Rates of heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes in the Valley exceed national averages. During the 90s, local parks and environmental officials planned a network of outdoor trails throughout the region. In 1999, subsequent to the development of the trail plan, health and environmental officials formed the Wyoming Valley Wellness Trails Partnership to promote use of the trails for active living.
In 2003, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) accepted the Partnership’s proposal for an ALbD national program grant. At the time of the grant only eight of a planned 93 miles of multi-use trails existed. Over the course of the grant period, the Partnership addressed each area of the ALbD’s ecologic community action model, the 5Ps.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established the ALbD national grant program in 2001. After a review of more than 900 proposals, ALbD formed partnerships with 25 community organizations. Each ALbD partnership received five years of funding.