For the third year in a row, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) will host the Trail and Treat Ride this coming Sunday, October 22, from 3pm to 5pm at Village Park in Lawrence. Children, ages 12 and under, and their families are invited to wear Halloween costumes, participate in bike rides, and enjoy live music by the School of Rock and free face painting. They will also receive a pumpkin to decorate and trick-or-treat goodie bags.
“Children six and older are invited on a mile-long ride, with a shorter, approximately quarter-mile, loop for younger children,” said LHT Programming and PR Committee co-chair Jill Young.
“We will offer a variety of Halloween-themed activities including pumpkin painting,” added Lindsey Bohra, co-chair of Programming and PR Committee. “The event is free to participants, thanks to Investor’s Bank, which is sponsoring the ride by covering the LHT’s hosting costs. Other businesses supporting the event as donors include Willis Greenhouse, Starbucks and Wegmans.”
Participants should gather at Village Park at the Bergen Street entrance/parking lot starting at 3 p.m. Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome, and parent supervision is required. Online pre-registration is strongly encouraged by visiting the LHT’s website, http://lhtrail.org/trailandtreat/.
“From its birth, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail has been dedicated to providing a safe and family-friendly trail for our community,” noted LHT Board Member Jennifer Peck-NoIte, another event organizer. “In keeping with our commitment to safety, we remind parents that the state law requires children riding bikes to wear helmets.”
If rain threatens to force postponement of the event, please visit www.lhtrailorg after noon on the day of the event to see if the ride is being postponed to a rain date. For other questions, email [email protected].
About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail: The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22+ mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and transportation corridor through public and private land in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships in Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all of those who work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation is a nonprofit organization that depends on the community for support. The LHT is built and maintained by the community for the community. The LHT is a key member of Circuit Trails, an 800-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information about the LHT, please visit www.lhtrail.org.
About Village Park: Village Park, a municipal park of Lawrence Township, includes 60 acres of facilities with many recreational opportunities including Gretel Gatterdam and Betty Leedom softball fields, three lighted soccer fields, two lighted tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, exercise equipment, playground structures and a dog park.