For Immediate Release:
November 25, 2019
Contact: Andre Weltman
Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park Receive Two Grants for Hiking Bridge
The Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park announced today that they were recently
awarded two grants totaling $70,000 to install a hiking bridge in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
The grants are from the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation for $40,000, and
the Cumberland County Land Partnerships Program for $30,000. These grants will help pay for a
new sixty foot bridge connecting Koppenhaver and Mountain Creek Trails. Total costs will be
about $120,000 with the remainder to be paid by the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
Once completed, the bridge across Mountain Creek will allow improved recreational access
between the Laurel Lake and Fuller Lake Day Use Areas of the park. Connecting the two trails
will also allow for new loops incorporating trails and roads in the State Park, the surrounding
Michaux State Forest, and the Appalachian Trail. Andre Weltman, Chairman of the Friends
group, said “building a bridge across Mountain Creek will create a true trail system to increase
day-hike options in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.” The new bridge near Old Railroad Bed
Road complements a bridge along Mountain Creek Trail that the Friends group paid for and
installed in 2016.
Engineering will be handled by Gannett Fleming of Camp Hill, with on-site participation by
maintenance workers from the DCNR Bureau of State Parks to install a pre-fabricated steel
bridge made by Contech Engineered Solutions.
The Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests
Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Camp Hill with 45 chapters in State Parks and State
Forests across Pennsylvania. The Friends group works closely with the Park Manager and staff
to support recreation, education and conservation in the park.
Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove Rd.
Gardners, PA 17324