EASTON, Pa. - Easton’s Karl Stirner Arts Trail was designed for walking, biking, and running and the city wants to keep it that way.
Mayor Sal Panto along with the trail's board of governors issued an executive order banning coolers, picnics, alcohol and groups of more than six people on the trail for 90 days. Panto said this isn't a COVID overcrowding issue but a littering and liability problem.
He says people have also been jumping off bridges along the trail into the Bushkill Creek.
"We want people to go down there and enjoy it…whether they're residents or non-residents. We just don't want people trashing the place,” he said.
Oliver Andes, a Friend of the Karl Stirner Arts Trail, a group that raises money for it, said he's not sure how so many out-of-towners found the trail but is glad the city is taking action.
"It's a lovely spot by the creek…but it's not equipped for crowds and picnicking," he said.
The city of Easton said police officers on bikes will patrol the trail to make sure people are following the rules. Violators could face a $1,000 fine.