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New Visitors Center Completed

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Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitors Center & Park Office  2016

 


Kinzua Bridge Foundation Meeting will be held
Thursday, July 21st, 2016- 5PM at the
Kinzua Bridge State Park pavillion weather permitting. Alternative location is the Barrel House Restaurant.
Meetings are open to the public and will be posted as scheduled.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Kinzua Bridge State Park 50th !

1963 -2013

10 Year acknowledgement Tornado destruction to Viaduct & Park – 2003

20th Anniversary Kinzua Bridge Foundation - 1993

New Shirt

New 50th Anniversary Kinzua Bridge State Park Shirts!

 

Thousands attended the 18th annual Kinzua Bridge 2-day Fall Festival on September 21 and 22, 2013. Some 90 plus food, arts and craft vendors along with continuous live musical entertainment, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Kinzua Bridge State Park. Sunday brought a record-breaking attendance of approximately 16,000 attendees.
Senator Joseph Scarnati gave two citation awards to the DCNR marking the 50th anniversary of the park, and Representative Kathy Rapp presented them to the Kinzua Bridge State Park manager, Mitch Stickle. A copy of both citations along with documents and photos, including some from the DCNR, McKean County Historical Society, Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau and names of sponsors to the Kinzua Bridge Foundation who purchased the time capsule, will be sealed in a time capsule for the next fifty years to be opened in 2063.

The 50th anniversary celebration included a 21 balloon salute by children from the skywalk commemorating the 10th anniversary of the F-1 tornado which forever changed the once, "Eighth Wonder of the World". Youngsters, as in the past years, loved their rides in the Zem Zem cars along with horse and pony rides both days provided by the 4H club of McKean County.

A first at the festival this year, but will certainly not be the last, was the "Bigfoot Calling Contest" which drew a large crowd five adults and four youth contestants who put chills down your spine with the horrendous sounds they made. Ethan Medeiro, an awesome young man who appeared on the Animal Planet TV program this past year in filming professional Bigfoot callers at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, was a special guest for the event and one of the five judges for the contest. Another visitor, all the way from Lancaster, PA who was raised in the area, told of her sighting from several years ago when she and her sister were walking in the woods and played "hide and seek" with a Bigfoot from tree to tree and didn't tell their parents about it at the time as they wanted to be allowed back in the woods. Of course, they were hoping to see the beast playmate again but never did. With regards to the results of the Bigfoot calling contest being credited in luring in the "Bigfoots", we now claim to have the best Bigfoot callers in the country, as two Sasquatch were seen a few miles from the park with the photos viewed by thousands on You Tube

 






 


Breaking News!

Vendor Forms

Arts and Crafts Vendor
Food Vendor

 

2016 Annual Fall Festival will be held!!

September 17th and 18th at the Kinzua Bridge State Park

Vendor forms will be posted January 2016 to print and submit.
Questions or concerns, please visit the contact page for a list of directors and board members
The new office and visitors center grand opening will be held in early September 2016.

Thank you,
Kinzua Bridge Foundation

 

 

Sneak Peak Cake

WOW !

Congratulations DCNR

The New Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center is
“Outstanding”!

Kinzua Bridge Foundation was thrilled to get a “Sneak Peek Tour” of the new office and visitor’s center at their Annual General Meeting held at the state park pavilion June 28, 2016. Board members along with DCNR regional director, Alan Lichtenwalner and Kinzua Bridge Complex manager, Mitch Stickle enjoyed the special “Sneak Peek” special cake just for the event.

This Kinzua Bridge State Park Office & Visitor’s Center facility has been a project for some years in the making with many dedicated individuals donating their time along with legislative support and DCNR employees, with one outstanding being our park manager, Mitch Stickle who has over seen the construction from the ground up. Yes, that is his job but he went above-and-beyond the job role. He accommodated the Kinzua Bridge Foundations concerns regarding our Commemorative "Brick" Campaign lay out with some 300 brick pavers that had to be relocated that are now placed right in front of the visitor’s center in the design of the “Pennsylvania’s Keystone State Symbol.” Mitch and the entire park complex staff are to be commended in helping to bring this visitors center to an existence. The Kinzua Bridge Foundation also acknowledges the construction company on a job well done.

Mary Ann Burggraf, Executive Director/Vice President Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Inc.

Kinzua Bridge Foundation’s “Sneak Peek” comments on our first visit to the center are as follows:

Jerry Clark, President - The new Visitor Center is world class. If I had a magic wand and could wave it - that is how it would look! Great job to all involved.

Debbie Lunden, Secretary: The new VC has gone beyond my expectations with the quality and uniqueness of the interpretive displays. The size, design and layout of the building is perfect and it will provide an amazing visitor experience for all ages.

Fay Leet, Commemorative Brick Chair - It is the most awesome thing/place I have seen. I simply love all that they have done. Have been there with grandchildren twice since it opened and will be taking friends as they trickle into town.

Susie Chamberlain, Board Member - I was impressed with the displays that they put in the visitor center. I think it will be enjoyed by all the Visitors. Also I want to thank Mitch and all the DCNR employees for all their hard work to get this visitor center up and running.

Debbie Kilmer, Treasurer - The Visitors Center is just beautiful ! I never imagined that it would look like that. It is so hard to remember what it looked like before. A friend of mine told me that when she takes her grandchildren somewhere it is always "Don't touch this, Don't touch that", but the new Center says ""touch this and touch that". It is definitely a place for all ages to enjoy…

Tom Kilmer, Board Member - I really enjoyed it. The park has come along way since I started working there in 1972. I have been there twice and I still haven't seen everything. E.T. Kilmer

NOTE: Even General Thomas L. Kane echoed from the Kinzua Valley,

E.T. Kilmer said he was impressed” That says it all!!!

Come and enjoy our new Kinzua Bridge Visitor’s Center”



 

Kinzua Bridge Skywalk Overlook

Ribbon cutting was held Sept 15, 2011 on "Kinzua Viaduct Re-Opening". 

4.5 million dollar project - Deck built on the remains of the historic railroad bridge, located at the Kinzua Bridge State Park in northwestern Pennsylvania near Mount Jewett, PA.


 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 Commemorative "Brick" Campaign

Be A Part Of History !

The Commemorative "Personalize Brick" is an on going fundraising campaign.   Orders may be placed anytime.  Just print and submit an Order Form

Certificate of Authenticity will be sent to you for your records. Purchase a brick with your business, industry name, organization, group, family name, etc. engraved on it for placement in the new pathway to the Kinzua Viaduct. Thank you for your support and appreciate all donations for the future development of the Kinzua Bridge State Park. 

Brick flyer

(click image to print)

We love hearing from our visitors. Please e-mail us to share your stories, experiences, and memories
as well as any comments, suggestions, or feedback you may have. We value and truly appreciate your input!

 

 

Commemorative Brick Program

Commemorative Brick Order Form

 

Links

 

Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Inc.
25 Birch Street
Bradford, PA  16701
(814) 331-7331
www.kinzuabridgefoundation.com

kbf@kinzuabridgefoundation.com

Donations can be made to:
Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Inc.
c/o Hamlin Bank & Trust Company
34 Fraley Street
Kane, PA  16735

 

Contact for Kinzua Bridge State Park Office:

Kinzua Bridge State Park Complex
296 Viaduct Road
Kane, Pennsylvania 16735
(814) 778-5467 Fax: 814-778-2023
Mitchell Stickle Park Manager
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
mstickle@pa.gov

 

 

 

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