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New Visitors Center Underway

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July 2015

The winter of 2014-15 presented many challenges.  As a result of the severe weather conditions in PA Wilds region, the Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center construction project is behind schedule.  These delays prompted DGS to approve a project deadline extension into late 2015. However, be assured, there has been steady progress with the recent break in the weather.

 

Over the past few weeks, the contractors have completed the following:

Pour slab on grade

Interior framing on maintenance building

Exterior piers

Maintenance huilding shingled

 

     

    Looking ahead, the contractor will continue or soon begin the following activities:

    Roughing in the electric in the new buildings

    Duct work installation in the new buildings

    Installation of garage doors

    Finish installing trusses and begin sheathing

    Installing sprinkler syster lower level

    Transformer installation

    Frame upper floor

    40,000 gallon fire suppression tank has been delivered and will be installed 

 

Please keep in mind that we are still hoping for completion by the end of this year, but that is weather-dependent.

Kinzua Bridge Foundation Meeting will be held
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 5PM at the
Kinzua Bridge State Park Pavilion.
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!

2015 Festival Cancellation Notice - Kinzua Bridge State Park

              Kinzua Bridge Foundation Fall Festival - 2015

"Unfortunately due to the on going construction of the visitors center at Kinzua Bridge State Park outside of Mount Jewett, the annual fall festival will not be held again this year, as it was not held last year. We look forward to the visitors center completion and grand opening early fall of this year and the festival to return for 2016. We appreciate all the inquires from our loyal annual and new vendors along with visitors and express our regrets. Please keep in mind not having the festival is a loss to the Kinzua Bridge Foundation. Appreciate considering our on going Commemorative Brick Program. The engraved bricks will line the walk way to the new visitors center. Visit our website www.kinzuabridgefoundation.com - click on the Form for Print. Thank you for your support and we look forward to the future in the new visitors center. Plans for a visitor center fundraiser will be announced on the website when the date and location are confirmed. We will continue to update the construction progress.
Thank you,
Kinzua Bridge Foundation

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.


 

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.

 

 

Kinzua Bridge State Park 2012 Park of the Year!

 

Kinzua Bridge Foundation Park of the Year Award

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.


 

 

Annual General Meeting - June 25, 2015
Kinzua Bridge Foundation Inc. Annual General Meeting
was held Thursday evening with the full board of trustees & guests attending.  The typical meeting agenda included introductions and welcomed the newly elected President, Jerry Clark, Westline to the twenty second year of the Foundation's organization. 
Additional executive officers elected are Vice president, Mary Ann Burggraf; Secretary, Debbie Lunden;
Treasurer, Debbie Kilmer. Also included in the Board of Trustees are Fay Leet, Earl T Kilmer, Marcy Tully, Dave Graves, Shirley Carlson, Susan Chamberlain, Tina Hilmes.
The Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Inc. was formally incorporated in the State of PA  on November 1, 1993. It is also a non-profile 501(c)(3) corporation. The Foundation is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Kinzua bridge, the promotion of its historical and cultural significance, as well as the further development of the adjoining State Park.
Executive Director;  Mary Ann Burggraf gave a brief presentation on the foundations accomplishments, communications, and future recommendations to the trustees in acknowledging the excitement they all share with the Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center construction project presently underway at the Kinzua Bridge State Park.  She recommended all to visit their Kinzua Bridge Foundation's  web site www.kinzuabridgefoundation.com  to view the photos and continuous updated information submitted by Mitch Stickle, State Park Manager, Bendigo State Park Complex . 
State Park Manger, Mitch  Stickle and his wife Laura attended the dinner meeting and gave a detailed update on the construction project along with submitting scheduled programs for June & July being held at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, which will also be posted on the Kinzua Bridge Foundations website www.kinzuabridgefoundation.com.
The Foundation's (Commemorative "Brick" Campaign -Be A Part Of History) will continue to be on going and is available to the public through the website with success. This being their major fundraiser for the past two years due to not having the annual fall festival.
Webmaster; Greg Mittelmeier, was in attendance with his wife, and gave a website report along with new information to the Foundation about the development of a facebook page.
Out-going President/Executive Director, Mary Ann Burggraf thanked and adjourned the meeting saying it was a very productive and enjoyable annual dinner meeting for the Kinzua Bridge Foundation Inc.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, July 23, 5 pm at the Kinzua Bridge State Park Pavilion, Meetings are open to the public and will be posted as scheduled.
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 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

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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.
17137 Route 6
Smethport, PA  16749
(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:

Bendigo Complex
Bendigo State Park
533 State Park Road   
Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania 15845-0016
(814) 965-2646

 

 

 

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