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Last year, North Lebanon Township completed the walking path at Lenni Lenape Park. LebTown recently took a leisurely winter stroll through the newly paved trail.

Lenni Lenape Park is the newest park in the township. It is located at 723 Narrows Drive and in addition to the walking path, it features two playgrounds, a disc golf course, and two pavilions, which are both available for rental through the township.

Both parts of the trail at Lenni Lenape and its parking lot were paved in September of 2023 after being bid in 2022.

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The project, completed by low bidder Pennsy for $62,460, was paid for partially through a Marcellus Shale grant. The grants are awarded by the Lebanon County Commissioners.

“The grant from the county was in the amount of $25,000,” explained township manager Lori Books in an email. “Our actual out of pocket for the township was $676.52 with the remaining match being labor and equipment as in-kind services.”

Township manager Lori Books noted at the supervisors’ December meeting that the township plans to apply for this grant again this year.

If awarded, these funds would go toward the purchase and installation of new trees and benches throughout township parks including Lenni Lenape.

“This time we are asking for trees to plant along residential properties where the new walking path was installed to create a natural barrier,” said Books. “We also requested trash/recycling containers and benches, again to surround the new path.”

In addition to the trail, the 28-acre park also has two playgrounds and an 18-hole disc golf course. It is located at 723 Narrows Drive.

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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