Lawrence Hopewell Trail to Host Trail and Treat Ride for Children


    The Lawrence Hopewell Trail will bring new meaning to Halloween for local families on Sunday, October 25, when the Trail and Treat Ride takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Village Park in Lawrence. Geared for families with children aged 3 to 12, the fall celebration will include separate activities on and off the LHT for ages 3 to 6 and for 6 to 12 including bike rides, music and fun activities. The event includes two rides, one geared toward younger riders and another for the more experienced riders.

    “We are very pleased to host a day of activities for children who were too young to participate in our recent Full Moon Ride at Mercer Meadows,” said Lindsey Bohra, LHT Co-Chair of the Programming and Public Relations Committee. “From its inception, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail has been dedicated to providing a safe and family-friendly trail for our community. We think children and their parents will find this event a fun new way to celebrate Halloween.”

    “Outdoor activities are great for our children’s health, and this event will feature two bicycle rides to get their bodies moving while they enjoy the fall weather,” added the other LHT Programming and PR Committee co-chair, Jill Young.

    Participants should gather at Village Park at the intersection of Bergen Street entrance/parking lot. The event is free, although donations are welcome to help defray costs. Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome and parent supervision is required.

    Activities including bike decorating, face painting and games, beginning at 4. The School of Rock will provide live music. Goodies and additional treats will be provided and the first 200 children will receive trick or treat bags.

    “Lawrence Township is a founding partner of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, which we consider a great community amenity. We welcome families to Village Park to participate in a different kind of Halloween celebration with the LHT’s Trail and Treat,” said Lawrence Township Mayor Cathleen Lewis.

    All children riding bicycles will be required to wear helmets as required by state law. Online pre-registration is strongly recommended by visiting the LHT’s website,


    About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

    The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20+ 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 LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-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

    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.

    NOTE: MercerMe publisher, Mary Galioto, is proud to serve as a member of the board of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

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    Mary Galioto
    Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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