A $20,000 grant from the York County Community Foundation’s Embracing Aging program will support the new West Manchester Senior Trail and Nature Park project. The new trail will connect to the campus of Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community and will be accessible for their residents and also the general public.
The trail will provide two entrances, one on the Normandie Ridge side, and one on the neighboring West Gate Apartments side. The trail is accessible for emergency response vehicles and the nature park will be located on the west side of the Normandie Ridge campus.
Fran Ashby, Vice President of Fund Development for Albright Care Services, which owns and operates Normandie Ridge, said, “We want a serene park for York residents to enjoy walking, wildlife and nature. We did a focus group with West Manchester County residents and learned residents want a peaceful natural environment where they can enjoy nature, its sounds and sights.”
Ron Thayer, Community Relations Coordinator at Normandie Ridge, said the trail and park project began as an idea for Normandie Ridge residents. However, the more they discussed it organizers realized it should be something for the entire community. Thayer said, “We couldn’t have done this without the help from West Manchester Township.”
The West Manchester Senior Trail and Nature Park project is still in the fundraising stage and has half of the funding in place through community donations. Organizers hope to have the trail and park open in the fall of 2019.