NEWS & EVENTS

 

Allegheny Valley Land Trust & Armstrong Rails to Trails Association are pleased to announce the proposed merger of the two organizations into one…Armstrong Trails.  Both organizations have been working hard to work out the details to share with you. By combining our forces,we can better utilize our volunteers & resources for the better- ment of the Armstrong Trail.

Armstrong Trails will have a Section 501(c)(3) designation.  All organizational activities will be determined and overseen by the Armstrong Trails Board of Directors.  Armstrong Trails will not a membership organization (like ARTA).  Anyone donating to the trail and trail projects will be “Friends of Armstrong Trails”.

As always, volunteers are an integral part of all trails organizations and will be needed for trail projects and maintenance.  There will be 2 committees, under the direction of the board, responsible for directing these activities.  The Historical and Interpretation Committee will continue the work of historical restorations along the trail, continue to work with scout projects, and other trail related projects.  The Fundraising and Events committee will oversee trail events and all fundraising endeavors.  If you are interested in serving on a committee please let us know.

The current ARTA Board of Directors has designated which projects will continue to be funded by existing ARTA funds with separate accountings being established for these projects.  These projects include, but are not limited to:  historical restoration, scout projects, and trail promotion.   The memorial bench/tables project will continue.  Current Volunteer Grant projects will continue until completion – picnic area at Phillipston and gates/bollards.

Current ARTA members will have the opportunity to show their support of this merger by voting in favor of the merger at the ARTA Annual Meeting on Monday October 14, 2019.

By becoming one organization, operating costs decrease and former ARTA members will be able to spend all of their volunteer time working on the projects which are of interest to them.  Moving forward Armstrong Trails will continue to provide a valuable resource for the public to enjoy the beauty of our area.

CLICK HERE FOR Merger Plan

CLICK HERE FOR Armstrong Trails Draft Bylaws 

 

AVLT/ARTA Proposed Merger
Frequently Asked Questions

The proposed merger of AVLT and ARTA into Armstrong Trails, which has been approved by both the AVLT and ARTA Boards of Directors, will be voted on by the ARTA membership at the annual meeting in October.  With ARTA approval, we will enter a period of transition, and already people are working hard to make sure the goal of working together for the betterment of the Armstrong Trail will be achieved.  There are many questions that have already been asked and there will be many more which will arise.

The following are some of the questions that have been asked and the response that is based on the merger document and the bylaws of the new Armstrong Trails.  As stated before, this is a work in progress as we enter the transition period.

Will Armstrong Trails retain a charitable organization status?

Yes, Armstrong Trails will have a Section 501(c)(3) designation

Who will oversee and determine all activities of Armstrong Trails

“All organizational activities will be determined and overseen by the Armstrong Trails Board of Directors.” 

Will ARTA have representation on the Armstrong Trails Board of Directors?

ARTA shall nominate up to two of their current Board members and further shall  solicit nominations from their entire membership until October 11, 2019 to be considered as potential Board members of Armstrong Trails.  ARTA Board members and other members seeking to be considered for an Armstrong Trails board position may either submit their Letter of Interest to ARTA or to the AVLT Board of Directors. The Allegheny Valley Land Trust Board will interview the prospective candidates and select from those nominations received, up to 2 individuals who shall be elected as Board members of Armstrong Trails effective January 1, 2020. These board members shall be appointed to an initial 1-year and 2-year term.The ARTA Board will be voting on and nominating  2 current board members to be considered for the board.  If any other ARTA members are interested in serving on the board, please submit a letter of interest to Chris Ziegler at AVLT or Anita Smith at ARTA prior to October 11, 2019.

   Will Armstrong Trails have members?

No, Armstrong Trails will not be a membership organization (like ARTA currently is).  When ARTA is dissolved, ARTA memberships will no longer exist

How would I make a donation to Armstrong Trails?

Donations are always welcome and can be made directly to Armstrong Trails, using the form on the website, or by mailing in the form in the ARTA map.  A bank account and PO Box will be maintained until all maps have been exhausted.  Donors will be part of the Friends of the Armstrong Trails.

How do I volunteer?

Volunteers are an integral part of all trails organizations and will be needed to assist Armstrong Trails with trail projects, fundraising, events, and maintenance. There will continue to be many ways to volunteer including helping with work days & serving on committees.  Simply use the CONTACT US link on the website, the link under Volunteer Opportunities or  contact anyone involved with Armstrong Trails to volunteer.

How will committees work?

Armstrong Trails will have two standing Committees:  “Historical and Interpretation” and “Fund Raising and Events.”  These two committees shall be chaired by a current Board member, but shall include non Board representatives.  Volunteers will be needed and encouraged to participate in committees and committee activities and projects.

What current ARTA projects and programs will continue?

The ARTA Board has identified historical restoration, scout projects and promotion of the trail as projects they want to continue.  Memorial benches/tables program will continue as will the website.  Current Volunteer Grants – bollards and gates, and the picnic area at Phillipston – will continue until completion.

Will there be a new website and facebook page?

Current ARTA website will be retooled as Armstrong Trails and a new Armstrong Trails face book page will be created.

 How will ARTA’s current assets be distributed upon the dissolution of ARTA?

The ARTA Board of Directors will determine how the assets will be distributed among the projects ARTA  has  designated and which will be continuing through the committees.  Separate accountings will be established for these projects and funds.

If approved, when will the merger take place ?

January 1, 2020

What is the mission statement of Armstrong Trails?

“Armstrong Trails will protect and convert railroad corridors into trails for public use, thereby providing opportunities for commuters and outdoor recreational activities.  Our projects will maintain the integrity of these corridors for future transportation use while acting as an economic stimulus for the area communities.”

 

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Shady Shores is Done!

If you haven’t ridden to East Brady the past few days…you should.

 

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Thanks to everyone who helped with the Trail Clean-up Day on

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Great Job!

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THANKS TO ALL COLOR ME RUN SPONSORS


NexTier Bank             M & M Lime Company, Inc               Ford City VFW Post 4843

Bradigan’s Inc.          Armstrong Co. Building & Loan       Fraternal Order of Eagles #606

Paul’s Auto Parts             Redmill Drilling                  BLX, Inc              Riverside

 

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Fantastic Grant News!

 

GREAT NEWS FOR THE ARMSTRONG TRAIL-

Clarion County, $663,400, Development of the Armstrong Trail in Brady Township, Clarion County. Work to include rehabilitation of the northern portal of the Brady Tunnel and construction of approximately 3 miles of trail from the northern portal to mile post 75.23; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Design for the rehabilitation of the Brady Tunnel in Brady Township, Clarion County. Work to include drawings, specifications and related documents. Chris Ziegler

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Allegheny Valley Land Trust, $73,901, Development of the Armstrong Trail in Pine and Madison townships, Armstrong County. Work to include construction of approximately 0.1 miles of trail from 4th Street to 3rd Street in Pine Township and rehabilitation of approximately 0.4 miles of trail from Mile Post 59 to State Route 1004 in Madison Township and trailhead; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Chris Ziegler

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TURNTABLE RESTORATION

 

 

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Volunteers have begun replacing the short ties under the outer rail of the Turntable at Phillipston.  During 2 workdays, 62 ties have been replaced.  More workdays to come –

AFTER TIES WERE REPLACED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

 

 

 

 

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ARTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

   At the 2018 ARTA General Membership meeting, Dan Kostella and Brett McClinton were elected to the Board.  At the Board meeting following the General meeting the following officers were elected for 2019:

Anita Smith – President

Dan Kostella – Vice President

Luke Price – Treasurer

Rich Tallis – Secretary

Board meetings are held the second Monday of the Month at 6:30 pm in the Commissioner’s Room at the Armstrong County Courthouse in Kittanning.

Everyone is welcome!

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TRAIL HEAD PARKING IMPROVEMENTS IN MANORVILLE

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GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN UP  OF PENNSYLVANIA

Saturday April 21, 2018

THANKS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED CLEAN UP THE TRAIL

GREAT JOB!

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 Armstrong Trail Chosen 10th Best Place to Visit in Pittsburgh in 2018 !

 

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CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE STORY

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ARMSTRONG COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RECOGNIZE RON STEFFEY

          On February 15, 2018, The Armstrong County Commissioners recognized Ron Steffey, AVLT Executive Director, for all of his work on the Armstrong Trail, making it a great asset to the community.  Congratulations Ron!

 

 

DONATION OPTIONS 2017

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TRAIL WORK CONTINUES

 

trail resurfaced - Manorville

ARTA and AVLT volunteers have been busy resurfacing parts of the Armstrong Trail this Fall.

Areas with new limestone include Manorville (miles 42-43), areas around Kittanning including north of the YMCA (miles 45-46) and Phillipston to Rimer (miles 61-66).

Please be careful in these areas because the surface may be soft.

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Many thanks to all the volunteers who maintain the trail year round!

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2019 ARTA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA) is conducting its 2019 Membership Drive.   ARTA is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization committed to developing, maintaining, and promoting the recreational use of the Armstrong Trail along with working to preserve the natural resources and historical significance of the area.  Volunteers have helped resurface trail, clear vegetation, and work has begun restoring historical landmarks along the trail.  Memorial benches, mile markers and historical signs have been installed along the trail.  ARTA has placed Port-a-Potties at several locations along the trail and has developed a new trail map and users guide.  We are proud to have worked with AVLT to complete 30 miles of trail from Rosston to East Brady (with only a few share the road sections) for everyone to enjoy.

While much has been accomplished, there is always more work to be done.  Your continued support is appreciated.  Membership rates for 2019 are:  INDIVIDUAL  $15.00 per year;  FAMILY  $25.00 per year;  BUSINESS  $50.00 per year.  If you wish to join, please complete the attached membership form and submit with your payment to:  ARTA, PO Box 422, Kittanning, PA 16201.

Thanks for supporting the Armstrong Trail and ARTA.

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ARMSTRONG RAILS TO TRAILS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP FORM

I wish to become a member of the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association & support the conversion, maintenance, and management of the right of way of the Armstrong Trail for recreational use.

____  INDIVIDUAL  $15.00 per year                   ____  FAMILY   $25.00 per year

____  BUSINESS  $50.00 per year

NAME _______________________________________  PHONE  ________________________

ADDRESS ______________________CITY  ______________ STATE  ______  ZIP CODE  _____

SIGNATURE  ______________________  EMAIL  _________________________________

        Please send this completed form and your payment to:   ARTA,  PO Box 422, Kittanning, PA 16201

 

 

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COLOR ME RUN

 

COLOR ME RUN 10-28-17

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COLOR FUN IN THE RAIN

Families of all ages had fun at ARTA’s COLOR ME RUN

in spite of rain on Saturday , October 28, 2017.

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Thank you to the following sponsors of COLOR ME RUN

Ford City VFW Post 4843

Eagles Aerie 606

Spencer’s Brushes

Dilick’s Fifth Avenue Jewelry

Paul’s Auto Parts

Ford City Riverside

Debbi’s Pet Salon

CLICK HERE FOR MORE COLOR ME RUN PHOTOS

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To read the 2017 STATE OF THE TRAIL address which was given at the annual membership meeting  CLICK HERE

The ARTA Board of Directors meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Commissioner’s room at the Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittanning, PA

All members are welcome!

 

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ARMSTRONG RAILS TO TRAILS ASSOCIATION (ARTA)

MEETING AGENDA Aug 12, 2019 @6:30 pm

Commissioner’s Room at the Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittanning,  PA

The ARTA’s mission is to promote the conversion, maintenance and management of the right-of-way into the Armstrong Trail for recreational use.  The Association shall promote preservation and protection of natural resources found along the right-of-ways well as its historical significance.

CALL TO ORDER

REVIEW OF  MEETING MINUTES

REVIEW OF  FINANCIAL REPORT

APPROVE AND PAY EXPENSES

CURRENT BUSINESS

COMMITTEE REPORTS

PROJECTS

    • TRAIL MAINTENANCE
    • TRAIL AMENITIES
    • HISTORICAL RESTORATION PROJECTS

EVENTS & FUNDRAISING

MEMBERSHIP

    • VOLUNTEER HOURS

AVLT REPORT

ORGANIZATION UPDATES

NEW BUSINESS

PUBLIC COMMENT

ADJOURNMENT

 

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MONTHLY RAILS TO TRAILS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING

The Board of Directors meeting of the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association is held on the second Monday on the month at 6:30 pm in the Commissioner’s Room of the Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittanning.   Everyone is welcome!

 

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VIEW PHOTOS FROM PAST TRAIL EVENTS

 

PHOTOS FROM EAT PLAY RIDE MAY 16, 2015

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

PHOTOS FROM EAT PLAY RIDE  –  MAY 17, 2014

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

 

PHOTOS FROM 2013 WORKDAY -LOCK & DAM 8 AREA 

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

 PHOTOS  FROM EAT, PLAY, RIDE  – SEPT 28, 2013

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

 

PHOTOS  FROM 2013 WORKDAY IN THE RIMER AREA

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

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THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE
TRAIL CLEAN-UP ON SATURDAY APRIL 23
GREAT JOB!!!

 

Clean-up Kittanning

On Saturday, April 23rd nine miles along the Armstrong Trail were the target for litter pick-up.  The event was held in conjunction with The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania/Keep PA Beautiful program.  Fifty-five volunteers collected 56 bags of trash and many larger cast-offs – parts of an old bike, old buckets, and a hula hoop to name a few!   Volunteers came from the Kittanning Rotary, Armstrong Probation, Habitat for Humanity, Grove City College, the Living Water Church in Kittanning and from the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association.  All supplies including vests, gloves & bags were provided by Penn DOT. Bottled water and snacks were donated by the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA), the organizers of the activity.  ARTA thanks the community and local organizations for a great turn-out.

 

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Volunteers clear brush to improve visibility near the Bernard Snyder Park on the Armstrong Trail.  The Armstrong Rails to Trails Association thanks all of our volunteers!

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EAST BRADY RIVERFEST ACTIVITIES UTILIZE
THE ARMSTRONG TRAIL

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Saturday, July 16th was a busy day on northern end of the Armstrong Trail.  According to race organizers, there was a good turnout for the Riverfest 5K run on the trail at 9 AM. ARTA hosted a Nature Walk on the trail from East Brady to Phillipston and back at 1 pm.  And a group of 16 riders on the annual Tour De Brady did half of their ride  on the roads and half on the Armstrong Trail (Templeton to East Brady).

It is great to see so many different groups enjoying the Armstrong Trail !

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE ARMSTRONG TRAIL

submitted by Kay Owen

I love to hear stories of people enjoying our beautiful trail.  A recent Saturday was a lovely warm and sunny day.  One of the Trail volunteers was taking a stroll on the Trail.  Below is what was observed:

*A couple in their mid-thirties from Detroit.  They were riding the Armstrong and the Redbank Trail from Templeton to Lawsonham.  They told the volunteer that our trails were much better than what they have around Detroit.

*Six young teenagers about 13-14 years old riding from East Brady to Lock # 9 dam.

* A man is his 70’s who drove in from the North Hills to see the coaling tower and turntable.

*Three people in their 60’s who drove from Greensburg to ride the Armstrong and Redbank Trail.   One man was taking his first ride on his brand new recumbent bicycle.

*A young couple in their late 20’s pushing their infant daughter in a stroller from Rimer to the Redbank Bridge.

The volunteer writes these words: “A total of 15 people, ages ranging from infant to 70’s out on our Trail on a Saturday morning in March!  Just think of what the tally would be on the entire trail today.”

For me, this information is heartwarming and makes all of our volunteer work worthwhile!  I

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EAST BRADY AND ARMSTRONG TRAIL BENEFIT FROM GRANTS

submitted by Toni Henry

The Volunteer Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA) two grants for trail connection work in East Brady.

The first grant is providing surfacing material for a 600 foot section of trail behind the East Brady Treatment Plant.  Improvements to this rough stretch will make the connection between the Shady Lane share-the-road section and the asphalt section that terminates at Purdum Street more rideable.  Phase one work was completed in late July.  Six local volunteers and four members of an AmeriCorp summer crew volunteered on two days to cut back brush, install signs, mile markers and a bench and to spread a base layer of stone.  A volunteer donated his time and tractor for a day and the borough provided a manhole riser and the labor to install. The Allegheny Valley Land Trust (AVLT) provided guidance, expertise, project supervision and materials for the sign and mile marker installations. The Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA) prepared the grant application, built & installed the bench &provided volunteers and tools.Completion is slated for mid October of 2016.  Discussions are in progress to improve drainage on Verner Street & Waterway Lane with a goal of resurfacing the last unfinished 300 feet of share-the-road surface in 2017.

A second grant is providing funds to purchase a stencil and paint to apply  “sharrows” (share the road arrows) to borough and PennDOT roads.  Bike route signage from the trail entrance at Purdum Street, through town and to the Fish and Boat Commission Launch in Brady’s Bend will be installed also.  Signs will alert motorists that they may encounter bicyclists on the roads and direct trail users to town.  This project was a collaborative effort between The Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA), East Brady Borough, Brady’s Bend Township and the East Brady Area Development Corporation (EBADC) Trail Town Initiative. Volunteers will complete the work this fall.  PennDOT advised on the project.

Grants by such organizations as The Volunteer Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation not only fund small local projects designed and completed with volunteer labor but they are used often as leverage or matches for requests for public funding for other projects.  Both funded projects will enhance the trail user’s ability to link the trail to town, link parking to town and to the trail, and increase use of the trail by residents and visitors for biking, walking and jogging.  A shared goal of making the area a more attractive destination for travelers and locals is being realized one step at a time.

Recent projects managed by East Brady Borough through DCNR grants are restrooms near the trail parking lot (completed) and a fitness trail adjacent to these recreational amenities (funded but not yet under construction).  A Riverfront Park, directly accessible to the trail, has been created through a Greenways, Trails and Recreation grant.

The East Brady Area Development Corporation Trail Town Initiative is currently conducting a fund raising campaign to have two professional murals installed in the East Brady downtown area.  Other projects being researched are business signage and a boat launch.    *     *

 

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TRAIL TALES

Over the Fourth of July holiday, two loyal trail supporters reported to me that they met trail visitors from Virginia.  The Virginians had previously ridden the Ghost Town Trail outside of Indiana Pa and made the trip to ride the Armstrong Trail.  Fantastic!  The trail visitors were using the Armstrong Trail map so thanks to the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association for producing the map.

Northern trail volunteers reported that in a space of five miles, they observed 31 trail users.  The majority of these folks were not trail regulars.  Our beautiful trail is providing much pleasure to out of town guests!  Thanks to the Armstrong Trail volunteers for improving and maintaining the trail.  Thanks also to the Allegheny Valley Land Trust for having the vision to create the Trail!

submitted by Kay Owen

 

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