Projects

The Trail Volunteer Fund was established in 2007, and the first grant was made in early 2008. Since then, the Fund made about a dozen grants each year. To date, the Fund has supported 197 projects on 43 trails. Nine of the projects have been carried out by youth groups, including several Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Star Award projects.

Grants have supported equipment and materials for maintenance equipment, bridge and trail surfacing, facilities such as picnic and camping areas, signage, fencing, and numerous other projects.

The trails included , Allegheny Highlands PA, Allegheny River, Allegheny Trail Alliance, Armstrong, Armstrong Trail, ARTinCC, Avonmore, Butler-Freeport, Clarion Little Toby, Corry, East Branch, Ernst, Five Star, Harrison, Hollow Oak, Indian Ck, Kinzua Valley, Knox Kane, McKeesport , Mj2Kb, Mon Riv/Decker Ck, Mon River, Mon Yough, Montour, North Bend, Panhandle, Path of the Flood, Rail 66 Country Trail, Redbank Valley, Roaring Run, RTC Trails, Sandy Creek, Sheepskin, Shenango, Stavich, Steel Valley, Three Rivers Heritage, West Penn, Westmoreland Heritage, Westmoreland Yough, Whitsett, Yough River .

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2022 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Sep   Three Rivers Heritage  Limestone ans miscellanous maintaince equipment ... more ... 
Jun   Corry  Beavers have created dams the unidate the trail with water ... more ... 
Jun   Five Star  Trail bridge fence restoration and pinting ... more ... 
Jun   Mon Riv/Decker Ck  Build a weather shelter ... more ... 
Jun   Mj2Kb  6 passenger "golf cart" ... more ... 
Mar   West Penn  Resurface 3.5 miles of trail ... more ... 
Mar   Mon Yough  A zeri turn mower ... more ... 
Mar   ARTinCC  Filter sock to control runoff 
Mar   Redbank Valley  Blower to clear ditches ... more ... 
Mar   Westmoreland Heritage  Maintenance facility ... more ... 
2021 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Dec   Whitsett  Tractor needs front end 4 wheel drive replaced ... more ... 
Oct   Steel Valley  Replace 54-inch mower deck for ten year-old John Deere Mower ... more ... 
Sep   Armstrong  Resurface from MP 39 to MP 40. It has been approximately 15 years ... more ... 
Aug   Mon River  Provide a collection of tools for monthly work parties ... more ... 
Jul   Five Star  Install a phone charging station at Huff Avenue Trailhead ... more ... 
Jul   Westmoreland Heritage  Purcashe a new mower, since the 1999 mower is geting worn out ... more ... 
Jun   Three Rivers Heritage  Repave about 1300 feet of trail ... more ... 
Jun   Avonmore  Equiomenr and limestoe to kick-start volunteer trail development/maintenance ... more ... 
Jun   Clarion Little Toby  resurface 3 miles of 25 year old trail ... more ... 
Apr   Corry  Build 800 feet trail extension ... more ... 
Apr   East Branch  Contrust 11,200 fet of trail by volunteers ... more ... 
Apr   Knox Kane  Reestablish old drainage ditches with the use of a donated excavator and hand shovel work. ... more ... 
Apr   Armstrong Trail  request a zero turn mower to mow smaller parklets ... more ... 
2020 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Oct   Corry  Purchase a tractor, with 8 attachments ... more ... 
Oct   Mon River  Weather Shelter ... more ... 
Sep   Indian Ck  Hand tools ... more ... 
Sep   Knox Kane  drainage 
Sep   Westmoreland Heritage  interpretive signs ... more ... 
Jul   Yough River   bridge decking 
Jul   Mon Yough  Replace large rear tires on tractor, and two tires on box truck ... more ... 
May   West Penn  linestone,backhoe rental 
May   East Branch  Material and equipment rental 
Mar   Butler-Freeport  Dump Trailer 
Jan   Mon Yough  Toro cart 
Jan   Knox Kane  dozer rental ... more ... 
Jan   North Bend  bridge decking 
2019 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Dec   Path of the Flood  Replace an undersized culvert (12 in) with a 36 in pipe ... more ... 
Dec   Mon Riv/Decker Ck  Directional Town Amenity Sign for Long Alley Trail Connector ... more ... 
Dec   Shenango  Repair the crushed limestone surface that was washed away ... more ... 
Dec   Armstrong  tools, augers ... more ... 
Dec   Roaring Run  repair wahouts, landdlises, and fix culverts ... more ... 
Dec   Steel Valley  Toro cart 
Dec   Butler-Freeport  Polaris ranger, mower 
Sep   Redbank Valley  a storm id major damage to a exitng railroad culvert 
Sep   Kinzua Valley  replace a non funtioing utility sis-byside Utility vechile ... more ... 
Jun   Butler-Freeport  Surface remediation and ditching after a major storm ... more ... 
Jun   Corry  Design and manufacture a three-sided Information Kiosk ... more ... 
Jun   Hollow Oak  ramps to bridges 
Jun   Indian Ck  kiosk 
Jun   Westmoreland Heritage  provide historical interpative signs so events of the past take center stage. ... more ... 
Mar   Mon Yough  stone, blade, generator 
Mar   Westmoreland Yough  golf cart 
Mar   Armstrong  bridge deck 
Jan   Mon Riv/Decker Ck  kiosks, fixit sta 
Jan   Mj2Kb  tractor, mower ... more ... 
2018 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Dec   Butler-Freeport  Audubon swift kiosks 
Dec   Three Rivers Heritage  tools, container 
Nov   Hollow Oak  bridge deck, railing 
Nov   Redbank Valley  signs, surface 
Nov   Rail 66 Country Trail  trail base prep 
Nov   Rail 66 Country Trail  excavator 
Sep   Armstrong  bollards 
Sep   Butler-Freeport  atv+mower 
Sep   Westmoreland Heritage  trimmer-mower 
May   Knox Kane  tools 
May   Westmoreland Heritage  trailer, bridge deck 
May   Indian Ck  fence post/rails 
Apr   Redbank Valley  trailer, bridge deck 
Mar   Mon Riv/Decker Ck  shelter 
Mar   Steel Valley  hard hats 
Mar   Armstrong  pavilion 
Mar   Rail 66 Country Trail  equip rent 
Mar   Allegheny Trail Alliance  Volunteer signs 
2017 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Dec   Kinzua Valley  utility vehicle 
Dec   Allegheny River  Dotter access improvements 
Nov   Harrison  storage shed 
Nov   Mon Yough  truck 
Sep   Mon Yough  tires 
Jun   Westmoreland Heritage  storage container 
Jun   Westmoreland Heritage  landscaping, kiosk 
Mar   Steel Valley  safety fencing 
Mar   Steel Valley  tractor, mower bar, storage ... more ... 
Feb   West Penn  retaining wall 
Feb   Three Rivers Heritage  hand tools 
Feb   Kinzua Valley  flail mower 
Feb   Westmoreland Heritage  trailhead landscape 
Feb   Redbank Valley  bridge decking 
2016 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Dec   Ernst  limestone 
Dec   Rail 66 Country Trail  track loader 
Aug   Butler-Freeport  bridge railings 
Aug   Montour  directional signs 
Jul   Mon Yough  Equipment 
Jun   Armstrong  mark route through E Brady 
Jun   Three Rivers Heritage  safety vests 
Jun   Indian Ck  handicap parking SR653 
Jun   McKeesport   McKeesport hostel landscape 
Jun   Redbank Valley  limestone Lawsonham 
May   Armstrong  limestone Riverview park 
Mar   Armstrong  pull-behind mower 
2015 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Dec   Mon Riv/Decker Ck  replace mile markers 
Nov   Roaring Run  leaf blower 
Nov   Mon Yough  Campsites 
Nov   Westmoreland Yough  repair drainage ditches 
Sep   Montour  graffiti proof paint 
Aug   Armstrong  limestone Hook Sta 
Aug   Five Star  safety repairs 
Jun   Butler-Freeport  skid loader 
Mar   Three Rivers Heritage  hand tools 
Mar   Westmoreland Yough  turbine blower 
Jan   Whitsett  split rail fencing 
Jan   Westmoreland Yough  King Trail Access 
2014 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Dec   Mon Yough  log splitter Dravo 
Sep   Butler-Freeport  Scout half mile markers 
Sep   Redbank Valley  brush hog,mower arm 
Jun   Five Star  Scout planters 
Jun   Yough River   Construct 2 adirondack shelters 
Mar   Westmoreland Yough  golf cart 
Mar   Westmoreland Yough  mower deck 
Mar   Mon Yough  trailer 
Jan   Armstrong  limestone philipston 
Jan   Mon Yough  Adirondack shelter Darvo 
Jan   Butler-Freeport  Historical marker Massey Harbison 
2013 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Oct   Three Rivers Heritage  hand tools 
Oct   Montour  emergency repair, limestone 
Sep   Butler-Freeport  Bike rack, Table 
Sep   Armstrong  limestone Rimer 
Jun   Redbank Valley  fuel, stone, sign, fence Middle Rd 
Jun   Mon Yough  Pavilion 
Jun   Path of the Flood  gas, oil, maint for tractor 
Jun   Montour  limestone Stewart Rd 
Mar   Redbank Valley  Equipment 
Mar   Redbank Valley  limestone claimax-leatherwood 
Mar   Sheepskin  artwork Pt Marion 
Mar   Westmoreland Yough  remodel 3 kiosks 
Mar   Westmoreland Yough  storage container 
Jan   Roaring Run  limestone, drain pipe N Apollo 
2012 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Aug   Three Rivers Heritage  hedge trimmer 
Jul   Allegheny River  Scout adirondack shelter 
Jun   Five Star  storage container 
Jun   Armstrong  limestone Manorville 
Jun   Montour  limestone Morganza 
Jun   Westmoreland Yough  power grader/groomer 
Jun   Westmoreland Yough  trail signage 
Jun   Westmoreland Yough  repair kiosks 
Mar   Butler-Freeport  Bridge decking and drains 
Mar   Redbank Valley  grader 
2011 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Dec   Three Rivers Heritage  Purchase graffiti remover for cleaning stickers, tags, etc. from walls, signs, 
Dec   Three Rivers Heritage  Snow Shovels 
Oct   Westmoreland Heritage  This project creates a mural in the Westmoreland Heritage Trail tunnel between the Conemaugh and Loyalhanna Rivers. ... more ... 
Sep   McKeesport   Install directional, instructional, and trail rules signs for the Mckeesport section ... more ... 
Jul   Butler-Freeport  Construct a three-sided enclosures for the chemical toilets (Eagle Scout project) ... more ... 
Jul   Yough River   This project builds new camping shelters and reconstructs an existing shelter in Roundbottom Campground near Layton. ... more ... 
Jun   Roaring Run  This project provides a trimmer for trail maintenance ... more ... 
Jun   Armstrong  This project provides a finished surface on the trail in the vicinity of Hooks Station. ... more ... 
Jun   Redbank Valley  This project installs decking and railings on bridges on the eastern end of the Redbank Valley Trail. ... more ... 
Mar   Steel Valley  This project provides a riding mower for trail maintenance. ... more ... 
Mar   Redbank Valley  This project installs decking and railings on bridges on the Redbank Valley Trail. ... more ... 
2010 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Dec   Redbank Valley  Provide fuel for heavy equipment used by volunteers for grading ... more ... 
Sep   Butler-Freeport  Mark connecting route from trail to Butler with road paint and reflective beads ... more ... 
Sep   Stavich  This project brings together volunteers to create a 2500 sq ft planting of daffodils at the Covert Rd trailhead. ... more ... 
Sep   Mon Yough  purchase a grooming attachment for tractor ... more ... 
Sep   Westmoreland Yough  Construct benches, picnic table, signs (Eagle Scout project) ... more ... 
Sep   Yough River   This project will construct safety fencing on the new Memorial Bridge trail extension from the Great Allegheny Passage into Connellsville. Volunteers will include one or two Eagle Scout projects. ... more ... 
Sep   Butler-Freeport  Construct benches, picnic table, signs (Eagle Scout project) ... more ... 
Jun   Steel Valley  Acquire storage unit for trail maintenance equipment ... more ... 
Jun   Yough River   Adds a concrete floor and apron for the Maintenance Building at Connellsville ... more ... 
Jun   Armstrong  Place crushed limestone trail surface on new section of trail near Brady ... more ... 
Jun   Yough River   signs at camp, garden ... more ... 
Feb   Roaring Run  Purchase rear scraper blade for tractor to help with trail maintenance ... more ... 
2009 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Nov   Montour  Re-furbishes a donated 116-ft-long bridge and places it across Piney Creek ... more ... 
Nov   Yough River   Extends a maintenance shed to accommodate the tractor and mower ... more ... 
Sep   Butler-Freeport  Prepare and install trailhead signage (Eagle Scout project) ... more ... 
Sep   Three Rivers Heritage  Repair safety fencing on South Side Trail ... more ... 
Aug   Yough River   Purchase tractor for maintenance and trail mowing on slopes in Fayette County ... more ... 
Jun   Yough River   Develop and maintain a planter garden along the trail in Connellsville ... more ... 
Jun   Sandy Creek  Construct picnic area near Belmar trailhead (Eagle Scout project) ... more ... 
Jun   RTC Trails  Purchase power tools for volunteers to use in trail maintenance ... more ... 
Mar   Armstrong  Purchase treated wood and communications equipment for installing mileposts for ... more ... 
Mar   Butler-Freeport  Install gates at road crossings to exclude motor vehicles from the trail ... more ... 
Mar   Montour  Develop campsites for hikers and bikers near the Kurnick trailhead ... more ... 
Mar   McKeesport   Provide materials for startup of all-volunteer newsletter ... more ... 
Mar   Panhandle  Complete trail repairs for Hurricane Ivan damage with limestone surface ... more ... 
2008 Grants  _________________  ------------------ 
Dec   Yough River   Install radio repeater to provide communications at remote locations on the trail ... more ... 
Oct   Three Rivers Heritage  Purchase graffiti remover for cleaning stickers, tags, etc. from walls, signs, etc. ... more ... 
Sep   Allegheny River  Construct a 130' privacy fence to satisfy a right-of-way agreement. ... more ... 
Sep   Montour  Resurface the trail from Georgetown Rd to Chartiers Creek Bridge ... more ... 
Sep   Montour  Construct a picnic table and pavilion in the West Peters (Eagle Scout project) ... more ... 
Jun   Mon Yough  Purchase zero-turn mower to handle special mowing challenges in Dravo area ... more ... 
Jun   Montour  Construct and install information signs in Bethel and Peters (Eagle Scout project) ... more ... 
Apr   Butler-Freeport  Install gates at road crossings to exclude motor vehicles from the trail ... more ... 
Apr   Butler-Freeport  Develop and install a historical plaque at Herman (Girl Scout Gold Award project ... more ... 
Apr   Allegheny Highlands PA  Install safety fencing at both approaches to the newly-relocated Bollman Bridge&nb ... more ... 
Jan   Montour  Construct crosswalk and stairway/ramp for safety improvement near Venice ... more ...