Mile 19 Flash Flood Disaster Funding Help Needed
Just weeks from finishing all surfacing on 51 miles of trail, we suffered a devastating flash flood with 5.5 inches of rain in 45 minutes that destroyed a 15-foot wide stone arch bridge built in 1871 by the Allegheny Valley Rail Road over Long Run. It has created a 40 foot gap in the trail. Volunteers have installed a temporary bypass right at mile 19. Mile 19 Washout Bypass The Board is working hard to find a permanent solution but we will need the public’s help to fix this gap. Current estimates are in the $75,000 range. The 3 miles between New Bethlehem and the Climax Tunnel at mile 17 is a very popular segment used by school students, local organization fundraisers, local residents and many visitors to our area B&Bs and restaurants. The Climax Tunnel project was the first of DCNR’s top 10 trail gaps to be filled and now this gap is only 2 miles from the tunnel. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off in donation jars in businesses along the trail, mailed to the RVTA or made via Pay Pal on our website. Those who donate $5000 or more will have their name included on an historic marker on the new bridge after it is installed.
RVTA Funding Needs: We will be participating in the fourth annual Redbank Valley Day of Giving on May 7, 2020. Donations will help with trail maintenance including helping us fund portojohns, improve drainage and refresh crushed limestone along the main trail, among other needs. If you donate online, the only administrative fee is through PayPal (2.2% + .30) so most of your donation is put to use to improve and maintain the trail. Donations by check have no administrative fees. Please see below for more details and giving opportunities to help us reach or exceed our goal. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Looking for a unique gift? How about naming a shelter ($7500), a small bridge ($5000), bench ($250 or $500), or picnic table ($600) in honor or memory of a special someone? Would the hard-to-buy-for person who has everything appreciate an annual or lifetime trail membership? Trail memberships qualify for any matching donation.
Donations can be made on or before midnight on the Day of the Giving on this website via PayPal or by mailing or delivering a check to RVTA at Northwest Bank, 301 Broad Street, New Bethlehem, PA 16242. If using PayPal please consider adding 2.2% plus $.30 to your intended donation to cover the PayPal fee.
For your convenience, donations can also be delivered on or before the Day of Giving to other donation locations participating in the annual Redbank Valley Day of Giving: Redbank Valley Community Center, or Redbank Valley Public Library in New Bethlehem by their closing hours or to First Commonwealth Bank at 223 Main Street in Brookville, PA 15825 by 5 PM. Every donation is appreciated!
Aside from the mile 19 disaster, as we continue to improve the trail our needs remain great: we need to refresh crushed limestone on several miles of the main trail, remove fallen trees, mow and manage vegetation, knotweed and other invasive species, and maintain and repair drainage culverts. We need fuel for equipment and materials. The need for maintenance equipment and fuel is constant. For more information, please see the flyer on funding needs.
We also have established a fund for ongoing maintenance and emergency repairs as well as a long term maintenance fund. Donations and bequests are welcomed as volunteers need funding to improve and maintain the trail.
RVTA is a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the Internal Revenue Service. Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent the law allows. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. Material, equipment donations and services are also gratefully accepted along with historical information of sites along the trail. We’d like to add more historic markers, signage and improve parking areas. Monetary donations may be sent to Redbank Valley Trails Association, c/o 301 Broad St., New Bethlehem, PA 16242 or via PayPal at any time during the year. RVTA participates in the Redbank Valley Day of Giving each year in May and usually has a December challenge to raise funds for ongoing needs. Thanks for your support!