Pomeroy Connector Trail Newark

A cyclist uses the Pomeroy Connector Trail in Newark Tuesday morning.

On a perfect day to be outdoors, Newark citizens and local elected officials celebrated the grand opening of a paved recreational connector trail.

The Pomeroy Connector is already drawing its share of cyclists, runners, skaters and even some commuters.

"I can be in town in about five minutes on my bike, and I don't to struggle with traffic or parking or anything like that," Jim Jones of Fairfield Crest said following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.

The trail connects Fremont Road with Creek Road. Previously, people had to traverse rocky, often water-logged gravel and dirt to make the connection.

Bob McBride, now with Bike Newark, said he once fell into a creek while trying to cycle in the area.

Now?

"It's a wonderful experience just walking down here, too, if you're not biking," McBride said.

Shawn Garvin also took his bike through the the area as a youngster. Now, Garvin is Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources. DNREC's Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Trails grant program provided important funding for the connector.

"This ties into White Clay Creek State Park, White Clay Creek ties into Middle Run Valley, you've got state, you've got local, you've got county and so forth and so on," Garvin said.

Other funding sources included the City of Newark and the Community Transportation Funds program of area lawmakers. The University of Delaware also donated a public access easement.

"This is the culmination of such amazing work by so many different people and groups," State Representative Paul Baumbach, D- Newark, said.

Lighting will also be installed so the Pomeroy Connector Trail can be used during evening hours.