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2015 Festival Cancellation Notice - Kinzua Bridge State Park

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New Visitors Center Underway

April 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.

 

Since the groundbreaking in August 2014, the contractors have completed:

·       Clearing and grubbing of vegetation on site
·        Form and pouring of footers and foundation walls
·       Installation of geothermal wells and rack
·        Temporary electric installation 

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

·       Steel structure components and other building supply deliveries
·       Installation of sleeves for the geothermal system
·       Masonry and waterproofing work
·       Foundation and surrounding drainage
·       Retaining wall construction
·       Roughing in of maintenance building
·       Water line installation 

Once materials and equipment are on-site, the contractor will begin work on the above ground structure and the building will begin to take shape. 

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, April 23. 2015 - 5PM at the
Barrel House Restaurant, Lantz Corners
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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 Skywalk Overlook

 

 


Breaking News!

2015 Festival Cancellation Notice - Kinzua Bridge State Park

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              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.


From left, state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway, and state Rep. Martin Causer, R-Turtlepoint, stand near the site of the future visitor center/park office at Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mount Jewett. State and area officials and local residents turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony.

Groundbreaking Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center

Groundbreaking held on Thursday for a multimillion-dollar, long-awaited visitor center/park office at Kinzua Bridge State Park marks a new chapter in the attraction’s history.

The facility — on the drawing board for five years — will include two exhibit halls showcasing displays like a stylized excursion train car where people can watch a short video. 

The approximately $6.8 million construction project is expected to be finished in the fall of 2015.

“It has just been for me — and I think for all of us here today — a journey that began in a very tragic way with the bridge going down and culminating here today with a groundbreaking for something that I think was really the right vision,” said state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway. “And the right vision was a year-round — all four seasons — usage and attraction to this great state park.”

The 2,800-square-foot facility will have two exhibit halls, a lobby, park administrative offices, public restrooms, and classroom space. The project also includes a maintenance building.

Scarnati called Kinzua Bridge State Park a crown jewel of Pennsylvania’s state park system. The state park comprises 329 acres and showcases the remnants of the 2,053-foot-long railroad structure that was rebuilt from steel in 1900. 

Kinzua Bridge Foundation executive director Mary Ann Burggraf said the center will be one of a kind, like the Kinzua Viaduct.

At one point, the state park made Pennsylvania’s top-10 list of state parks eyed for closure.

This time, the center will be on the top-10 state parks to see in Pennsylvania, she said.

“The Kinzua Bridge Foundation is thrilled the construction will start soon for the Kinzua Bridge State Park,” Burggraf said. “This will be a real asset to the entire region and a significant positive impact with the visitors, marking another great moment in time for our Kinzua Bridge State Park.”

Officials expect interpretive exhibits for the facility to be completed at the same time as construction. The theme will include geography of the Allegheny Plateau; the viaduct as a symbol of the engineering industry advances that supported the Industrial Revolution, and as an inspiring reminder of the inventiveness, resourcefulness for experiencing natural beautify, observing wildlife and participating in recreational activities at the state park and the greater Pennsylvania Wilds. The bridge and the observation deck will remain open as the center is being constructed.

“The state park plays a vital role in the county,” McKean County Commissioner chairman Joe DeMott said.

DeMott touted tourism in McKean County, saying that in 2012 that brought in $173.4 million in direct sales for businesses.

“About 158,000 visitors annually stop at Kinzua Bridge State Park to stroll out into the valley and peer through the glass bottom observation area on the remaining half of the railroad bridge impacted by the tornado,” said DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti. “This new center will welcome them and help them understand the history of the bridge and the area, as well as share some things to do in the park and the region.”

Ferretti said the state is happy to be breaking ground on the facility, understanding its importance for McKean County. The general contractor for the state capital project is JC Orr of Altoona.

“This is an investment in our state park,” said state Rep. Martin Causer, R-Turtlepoint.

Causer said he is looking forward to the exhibits, which will provide education opportunities. People will learn about the area’s history — they’ll see “where we come from and where we’re heading,” Causer said.

In 2003, a tornado toppled sections of the Kinzua Viaduct. In 2011, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) opened a pedestrian walkway with a glass bottom that allows people to see into the Kinzua Gorge. Now a visitor center will be located at the state park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 


 




 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 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.
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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