In January of 1998, a small group of Tuna Valley residents met to sip coffee and discuss a common vision: the creation of a multi-use trail system within the greater Bradford area. By August of that year, the still unnamed organization held its first public meeting at The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Seventy-three people attended that first meeting and there was clear indication that the community was interested in a local trail system. In October, 80 volunteers began cutting brush and clearing the way for the first Tuna Valley trail.
Since 1998, the Tuna Valley Trail Association (TVTA) and its trail network has continued to grow. Funding has come from businesses and industries, philanthropic organizations, government agencies and individual donors. The work has been done by volunteers and contractors. Today the Association has 16.5 miles of trails in use, another 10 in the design stage, and more in the planning stages.
Individual TVTA members are important to our success. Dues and donations provide critical funds to build and maintain the trails and to meet the requirement for matching funds often required by granting organizations. Volunteer labor is also important. Members have “adopted trails” by agreeing to maintain a section of trail as ongoing projects. There are segments of trails still available for adoption.
The TVTA Board is made up of 21 volunteers who meet once a month to provide direction, consider options, and make decisions on the Tuna Valley trail network. Members of the Board have learned that navigating through the morass of rights of ways, easements, liability issues, permits, grant writing and such is even more challenging than blazing and maintaining trails. The board's reward is watching the increased use of our established trails - and knowing there are more good things to come.
We envite you to join us as a member of the Tuna Valley Trail Association. Now there are two ways to join.
By giving a memorial to the TVTA you are honoring your loved one and doing good for your community. Donations are accepted in any amount. Naming opportunities include: benches, flower beds, and bridges to name a few. Whatever memorial you choose, be assured that your gift will be used for the purpose you specify and will be appreciated day after day by the many people who use these trails. What a wonderful tribute to your loved ones, and what a great way to support a local recreational facility in our community.
Donations can be sent to TVTA at P.O. Box 1003, Bradford, PA 16701, or for more information contact Susan Schenfield at: firstname.lastname@example.org.