The Bedford Borough/Bedford Township Joint Municipal Authority (BJMA) is working on the next phase of the trail project, which is a link between Fort Bedford Park in the Borough, and the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in the Township. The BJMA has submitted two applications to support continued design and construction of the Bedford Heritage Trail. The first application is to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to request funds needed to do final engineering design plans, and trail construction. This grant program requires a 50-50 match from another source. The second application is to Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development (SAP&D) and requests transportation enhancement funds for trail construction. Any funds obtained from SAP&D can be used to match DCNR construction funds. While these applications are under review, the BJMA has contacted local businesses for contributions of materials and/or labor. Clark Construction, New Enterprise Stone and Lime and Omni Bedford Springs Resort have responded posivitely.
Donations in support of the trail are welcome. Please send to:
Bedford Joint Municipal Authority
P.O. Box 148
Bedford, PA 15522
phone or fax (814) 623-8296
Anyone interested in helping improve and/or extend the trail can contact Jim Wehling, Wehlingj@embarqmail.com, or at 814-623-9336.
People for Parks
Our mission is to work together to provide valuable recreational resources for all children, adults, and families who reside in or visit Bedford. Currently, we are working with Leathers Associates to design and build a new playground at an existing park, called the Greens, in Bedford Borough. Fundraising efforts are ongoing. Contributors have the opportunity to sponsor a playground component, and/or purchase a picket or hand print tile.
Phase One of the new playground, Tot Lot, at the Greens is now complete thanks to all of the local volunteers who made it happen. Phase One of the playground is made for ages two through five. The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday, June 16th where children were able to test out the new playground for the first time. A plan for Phase Two of the playground is set to be completed next year which will be targeted towards older children. Engravable fence pickets that line the playground are still available for sponsorship for $35 a piece.
We are always looking for donations to fund future projects that will benefit our community. People for Parks has arranged with Community Foundation for the Alleghenies to handle its funds and accounting. Therefore, contributions need to be made at the Community Foundations for the Alleghenies website, or checks made out and sent to the Foundation at:
116 Market St Ste 4
Johnstown, PA 15901
Check out their website for more information: http://bedfordpeopleforparks.weebly.com
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO INCLUDE DESIGNATION OF THE GIFT OR PURCHASE TO PEOPLE FOR PARKS to assure that the funds reach PFP.