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Construction of the Section 7 Bridge of the Indian Creek Valley Hike and Bike Trail.

Project Contact Info

Pat Tomes
Trail Program Manager
Northeast Regional Office


Trail Assistance Mini-Grant Program


Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Trails Managers in Pennsylvania

Project Description
The Trail Assistance Mini-Grant Program is funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

2014 Grant Awards
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is pleased to announce the following Trail Assistance Mini-Grant awards for 2014:

Applications are accepted in February of each year. For more information on the mini-grant program, contact Patricia Tomes at 717.238.1717 or


2013 Grant Awards
Bells Gap Rail Trail
$1,896 for drainage and fencing.

D&L Trail
$1,984 for wayfinding and mileage signs.

Lardner's Point Park
$8,175 for interpretive signage.

Lower Trail
$3,750 for a wheelchair accessible ramp.

Five Bridges Trail
$7,000 for five new foot bridges.

Montour Trail
$3,180 for bridge railings and signage.

Path of the Flood Trail (Ehrenfeld)
$10,000 new surface, drainage & fencing.

Path of the Flood Trail (Woodvale)
$5,000 trailhead & 1 mile new trail surface.

Pennypack Trail
$5,050 for bridge redecking.

Queen City Trail
$1,250 for signage pilot program.

Sheepskin Trail
$1,500 for Point Marion mural.

Schuylkill River Trail: Thun Trail
$3,495 for mile markers.

Trans Allegheny Trails
$1,575 for trailhead signs.

2012 Grant Awards
Yough River Trail - $4,693
The Yough River Trail Council (YRTC) resurfaced approximately two miles of the limestone tread between mile-markers 85.5 and 87.5 of the Great Allegheny Passage, with match money provided by the YRTC.

Steel Valley Trail - $2,930
The Steel Valley Trail Council installed 110 new rebounding traffic delineators along a bike lane section of the Great Allegheny Passage in Munhall, to protect users from vehicular traffic.

Sheepskin Trail - $759
The Dunbar Historical Society, in partnership with the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute, built two sheltered picnic tables and installed them at the Dunbar trailhead of the Sheepskin Trail. In-kind labor was used to provide the required match.

Indian Creek Hike & Bike Trail - $3,000
A new deck and railing was built for the Section 7 Bridge of the Indian Creek Valley Hike and Bike Trail with volunteer labor and cash match provided by the Mountain Watershed Association.

Indian Creek Hike & Bike Trail - $2,625
An engineering firm was hired to provide a required evaluation of the structural capacity for the existing abutments and piers of the Dumbauld bridge in Springfield Township. A cash match was provided by the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail - $6,000 and $8,000
Two separate mini-grants were awarded to Friends of the Riverfront for the design and installation of six new map signs and two interpretive panels along the trail. Match funds were provided by Richard King Mellon Foundation and Colcom Foundation.

2011 Grant Awards
West Penn Trail
The Conemaugh Valley Conservancy replaced an eroded culvert and upgraded the trail surface along the Kiski section of the West Penn Trail.

Hoodlebug Trail
An asphalt surface was applied along two areas of the trail, one at a newly constructed box culvert which permits users to cross under a 4-lane highway. Funds were also used to build and install an information kiosk along the trail near Homer City.

Roaring Run Trail
The Roaring Run Watershed Association used a small amount of funding from RTC to meet the total amount required for constructing a 0.7-mile section of trail connecting this trail to retail and residential areas in downtown Apollo.

C & I Trail
The Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA) used mini-grant funding to deck and rail two bridges used during the Greenway Sojourn.

Path of the Flood Trail
CCCRA used mini-grant funding to treat large areas of invasive knotweed in order to create an open connection and access for the Greenway Sojourn. The land is owned and managed by the CCCRA who will continue to make improvements for trail use.

2010 Grant Awards
Armstrong Trail
Wayfinding signs, $6,000

Back Mountain Trail
Bridge rebuild, $5,000

Schuylkill River Trail
Restroom, $20,000

Perkiomen Trail
Cell Phone Tour, $5,000

2008 Grant Awards
Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail
Drainage, $5,000

D&H Trail
Drainage, $7,000

Lower Trail
Trail head improvements, $5,000

Ghost Town Trail
Stone dust for new segment, $6,843

West Penn Trail
Signage and benches, $5,000

Schuykill River Trail
Drainage swale, $4,410

Armstrong Trail
Trail map, $2,810

2007 Grant Awards
Steel Valley Trail
Signage, $5,000

Washington Township
Fencing and signs, $3,750

Corry Junction Trail
Drainage, $3,750

Heritage Rail-Trail County Park
Drainage, $5,000

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