River Heritage Area Racks Up Year-End Numbers

River Heritage Area Racks Up Year-End Numbers

110 kayaks on the Schuylkill River

POTTSTOWN PA – The Schuylkill River Heritage Area, 140 College Dr., spent a busy year promoting river gateways, newly opened trail sections, bicycle sharing and historic rides, art shows and exhibits, and several other activities, according to its Dec. 8 (2014) blog post titled “A Look Back on How We Spent 2014.”

The blog offers details on this numerical run-down of the area’s year-end accomplishments:

  • 5 River of the Year lecture series events;
  • 2 new Gateway Centers;
  • 1 Schuylkill River Trail section, added to a new 2.2-mile piece in Leesport PA;
  • 60 Pedal and Paddle program participants;
  • 1,235 Bike Pottstown and Bike Schuylkill shares;
  • 57.5 miles pedaled by 96 cyclists in its “Pedaling Through Our National Parks” ride;
  • 1,000 River of the Year posters handed out at events;
  • 82 art pieces exhibited in its 11th annual Scenes of the Schuylkill art show;
  • 42 Revolutionary War illustrations exhibited in two national parks;
  • $337,000 awarded in Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grants to 7 projects;
  • 3 Schuylkill Outdoor Leadership Odyssey programs involving 40 at-risk students;
  • 198 paddlers from 10 states and France in the 16th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, including 64 who took the full 112-mile week-long paddle; and, at top,
  • 110 kayaks in an aerial photo of the sojourn.

Photo by Ted Danforth from the Schuylkill River Heritage Area