Valley Forge National Historical Park staff, elected officials, and others dedicated the Grand Parade Trail near the Major General Steuben Statue on Tuesday morning.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony highlighted the ongoing restoration of the Grand Parade and celebrated the major completion of major components of this visionary project.
State Rep. Tim Briggs, County Commissioner Ken Lawrence, Upper Merion Supervisors, REI representatives, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board and Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run staff and volunteers were present for the ribbon-cutting event. County The ceremony concluded with a new trail guided tour.
The Grand Parade is the valley where Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben took on the training of the Continental soldiers, beginning their transformation into a single army that ultimately won independence from the British.
Today, the Grand Parade itself is midway through its own transformation, providing essential habitat for birds, and other animals, as well as outstanding natural experiences for visitors.
Funding for the Grand Parade Trail was made possible through the generosity of the following donors, and the vision and hard work of the National Park Service staff and volunteers to bring this project to fruition:
- Valley Forge Park Alliance
- VFTCB’s Annual Revolutionary 5-Mile Run
- Schuylkill Highlands
- JD Eckman, Inc
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- And, an anonymous Friend of the Park donor