IHTC Quarterly Meeting Announcement!

The Ghost Town Trail

We’re already a month into 2019 and that means it’s time for our first IHTC Quarterly Meeting of the New Year!

Join representatives from the IHTC footprint on Monday, February 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as we discuss updates throughout the region and strategies for moving developing trails forward.

This meeting will be about more than just corridor updates as we’re partnering with Susan Loucks from the Bayer Center for Non-profit Management to offer an engaging session titled “Invigorating and Expanding Your Members and Leadership.”  Here’s what Susan has to say about the session:

  Community members are the life blood of trail groups, and it’s critical to keep your finger on the pulse.  This session will explore strategies for recruiting new people into your organization, maintaining their interest, and cultivating leadership within your member base.  You’ll leave with ideas that grow your capacity, and yet are manageable without paid staff. 

Please RSVP to Deb Frawley at dfrawley@pecpa.org so that we know who to expect and have an accurate count for lunches!


Here are some other helpful details :

Bayer Center for Non-profit Management
339 Sixth Avenue, Suite 750
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

A variety of options are available for parking and alternate transportation. Please see the websites below for information.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking garages fill quickly, so allow yourself extra time in case the garage you wish to use is already full.

Smithfield/Liberty Garage
This garage is located behind the building, with an entrance on Liberty Avenue, as well as an entrance on Smithfield Street.

Mellon Square Garage
This garage is a half block away, on the other side of the street from the building.

Oliver Garage
This garage is approximately two blocks from the building on Oliver Avenue. It can hold over-sized vehicles.

Greyhound/Grant Street Garage
From the Greyhound garage, walk approximately one block down Grant Street and turn right on Liberty Avenue. Walk approximately two blocks down Liberty and left onto Sixth Avenue for one block to the building. While this garage is the farthest away, there are almost always spaces available, no matter what time of day.

Busways & “T” Light Rail System
There are numerous buses that stop in close proximity to our building. The “T” has a station at Wood Street that is just one block from the building.


Be Sure to Register for the 2018 IHTC Summit!

The 2018 Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition Summit is right around the corner!

There’s still time to register for the 2018 IHTC Summit in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Speakers are confirmed, mobile workshops are filling up, and we’ve specifically requested good weather, so register today!

The photo below directs you to the registration page, so click on!  


This Weekend’s ‘Cast’ of Events!

Saturday, April 14th holds a few great opportunities to get out and about!  


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Spring is finally making an appearance in Pittsburgh, and with it comes the cleaning.  Join the Friends of the Riverfront for a morning cleanup along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.  Friends of the Riverfront will provide everything you need to lend a hand in reddin’ up of the trail.  Saturday’s cleanup runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Click the photo for more details.

North of Pittsburgh, the Kinzua Valley Trail Club is hosting a fundraiser in conjunction with opening day of trout season.  Head out for a ride or hike along the trail in search of best spots to wrangle some browns, brooks, and rainbows.  The Trail Club will have hotdogs, ham and leek sandwiches, drinks, and merchandise for sale throughout the day.  This is multitasking at its best!



Ohio Group Hosts Leadership Education Conference

Ohio-based Environmental Design Group is hosting a free learning session to discuss strategies and benefits of planning centered on ‘creating authentic destination experiences.’

The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with topics covering economic development, livability, and optimizing existing assets.

Further questions and RSVP’s to Shannon Singler.  Click on the thumbnail poster for full size.


Clarion County Trails Association Adds New Loop to the North Country Trail

The North Country Trail has a new spur loop thanks to the Clarion County Trails Association.  Hikers can already experience the new trail, but the Clarion County Trails Association is holding a grand opening this Saturday, April 14th.

Weather conditions look perfect for a hike on the trail and an opportunity to learn about the efforts that made this new trail a reality.

The photo links to more information about the trail, so click on!

Photo Courtesy of the Clarion County Trails Association

Steel Valley Trail Council’s Raptor Row Ride

The Steel Valley Trail Council invites you to join the Raptor Row Ride on Saturday, April 28th, 2018.

Enjoy a self-guided ride along the Great Allegheny Passage between 9:15 and noon.  Six viewing areas on the trail will give participants a chance to check out eagles, owls, hawks, osprey, and kestrel.

Registration is required for this ride, a fundraising event for the Trail Council.  For more information, click the poster!