The next meeting for the Kinzua Bridge Foundation will be Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Barrel House Restaurant, Lantz Corners - 5pm
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.
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.
Kinzua Bridge Foundation thanks all participants, supporters, and attendees
Kinzua Bridge State Park was designated as State Park of the Year 2012, by the Pennsylvania Parks & Forest Foundation.
Award placed in glass display case at McKean County Courthouse.
The Kinzua Bridge Foundation extends their appreciation to the McKean County Historical Society in displaying the “One Time” Pennsylvania Parks & Forest Foundation 2012 Award.
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.
DCNR announces contract for Kinzua Bridge State Park office/visitor center
“After completing the skywalk at Kinzua Bridge State Park in 2011, we are now ready to move forward with the next phase of amenities -- a visitor center to welcome people and provide interpretation of the park’s history, and the recreational opportunities not only onsite, but in the Pennsylvania Wilds region," Ferretti said.
This project is part of Enhance Penn’s Woods—a two-year, more than $200 million initiative launched by Governor Tom Corbett to repair and improve Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.
Contracts have been awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services to JC Orr of Altoona, $4.7 million for general contract work; W.C Eshenaur & Son of Harrisburg, $853,000 for HVAC system; A&MP Electric Inc. of Guys Mills, $614,000 for electrical work; and Rabe Environmental Systems, Erie, $707,500 for plumbing. The funds for the work are provided by the state’s capital budget.
A groundbreaking event will be held at the park on Aug. 21.
“Planning and preparations for the Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center have been in progress for the past several years,” Sen. Joseph Scarnati said. “I am grateful to Secretary Ferretti and Governor Corbett for supporting this important investment in our region. This state of the art facility will help to provide numerous recreational and educational opportunities, while also fostering economic development for the surrounding area. I am very pleased to be a part this project and look forward to witnessing the positive effects of the center in years to come.”
The visitor center will house 2,800-square feet of space in two exhibit halls and a lobby; park administratve offices; public restrooms; and classroom space. The project also includes a maintenance building.
The building will seek LEED certification and will include water efficient plumbing fixtures; geothermal heating and cooling system; regionally sourced materials with a high level of recycled content; sustainably certified wood; and diversion of construction debris and waste to recycling centers instead of landfills.
The work is expected to be complete by fall of 2015.
The 329-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park features remnants of the 2,053-foot long viaduct that was first built of iron in 1882, and then rebuilt of steel in 1900. The viaduct, commonly referred to as a railroad bridge, is series of arches that carry the railroad over the wide valley.
The viaduct was toppled by a tornado in 2003. In 2011, DCNR opened a pedestrian walkway with a glass-bottom observation area down into the Kinzua Gorge on the remaining half of the bridge.
The bridge and observation deck will remain open during construction of the office and visitor center.
For more information about Kinzua Bridge State Park visit the DCNR website here or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS.
Celebrating Kinzua Bridge State Park 50th !
10 Year acknowledgement Tornado destruction to Viaduct & Park – 2003
20th Anniversary Kinzua Bridge Foundation - 1993
New 50th Anniversary Kinzua Bridge State Park Shirts!
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.
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Donations can be made to:
Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Inc.
c/o Hamlin Bank & Trust Company
34 Fraley Street
Kane, PA 16735
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