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“All Aboard” For The Boardwalk

Mission Accomplished!

Thank you, donors!

Boardwalk Project

In 1999 the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center kicked off the "All Aboard for the Boardwalk" fund-raising project to assist in funding the construction of a three phase, 1200' boardwalk system, including paths, walkways, bridges, and observation areas. The project included several phases:

  1. Section 1 = 475' Completed & opened summer 2002
  2. Section 2 = 300' w/ one 34' boardwalk bridge over Thompson Run (completed 2003)
  3. Section 3 = 400' w/ one 34' boardwalk bridge over Slab Cabin Run (completed 2003)

Original TOTAL 1,175' x 6' wide boardwalk

  1. Section 4 = 260’ extension on far side of Slab Cabin Run bridge (completed 2004)
  2. Section 5 = 130’ boardwalk spur to bird-blind structure (completed 2004)
  3. Bird-blind  = construction of bird-blind structure (completed 2004)
  4. Section 6 = 50’ extension of boardwalk entrance, towards barn (completed 2004)

Grand TOTAL 1,615' x 6' wide boardwalk

The marsh trail network, per the recommendations of the MMNC Protection and Management Plan, is a series of paths, boardwalks, viewing areas, and pedestrian bridges. In the process of getting the project underway, it was necessary to apply for a “Wetlands Permit” from the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), as well as official permission from College Township.

After submission of the applications, the nature center was advised by PA DEP that a Hydraulic/ Hydrology Analysis Report would be required. This study, an involved process of reviewing and documenting the impact of the proposed boardwalk project on the floodplains of Slab Cabin Run and Thompson Run, was prepared by Powers & Schram Consulting, State College. The report confirmed that the proposed boardwalk would have a negligible impact on the 50-year and 100-year water surface elevations of these streams. The approved PA DEP permit for the boardwalk was received in November 2001. The plan was also reviewed and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the College Township approval process.

The boardwalk project is extremely important to allow visitors a comfortable access to the wetland areas in the 62-acre preserve and to protect the fragile marsh environment.  The new boardwalk allows opportunity for bird-watching, exploring, writing in a nature journal, just getting some fresh air, or participating in one of many nature center programs. Thanks to overwhelming support from the community, $38,987 has been contributed as of 11 Oct 04 to the boardwalk campaign, including a grant from the Central PA Convention & Visitor's Bureau. In addition, funds provided via the PA Conservation Corps program have totaled $18,719 for the boardwalk.  

Donors to the "All Aboard for the Boardwalk" project have been recognized on specially-designed signs that are displayed along the completed boardwalk trail. This was an excellent opportunity for community members to support an important local environmental organization, as well as memorialize a loved one or recognize a special person by donating in their name. Listed below are all donors to the “All Aboard” Fund for the construction of the boardwalk network.

"All Aboard for the Boardwalk" at Millbrook Marsh!
"All Aboard for the Boardwalk"   
Donors through 22 Oct 04 (Alphabetical Listing)

Anonymous Donors
Carter & Ruby Ackerman
Jean & Gert Aron
Bob & Anne Ayer
Joe Banks
Sylvia G. Bashline
The Baumgartners
Mickey J. Bergstein
Bryce N. & Betsy J. Boyer
Rob Brooks Family
Alexandra P. Brovey
The Bugaj Family
David Burrows
Elizabeth L. Cannon
Jean R.
Centre Co. Convention &
Visitors Bureau (grant)
Lois R. Chavern
Mary Ann Coombs (Latham)
Edward S. & Dorothy J. Corbett
Kay Dean
Jane L. Derr
Paula H. Dill
Bill & Nancy Dreschel
Eleanor Ferguson
Michael P. Flanagan
The Flohr Family
Joseph L. French
Kathleen D. Furlong
Elizabeth Goreham
Deborah Sue Grim
Betty Gouty
Mary Alice Graetzer
Howard & Shirley Grove
Donald R. Hackenberg Family
Barbara L. Hamilton
Hubert & Marilyn Haugh
Mark & Ruth Henry
Harry & Nancy Herman
Ellen & Jim Hermann
Helen R. Hockman
Ralph & Alma Hosterman
Ken Hoy
Donald R. & Dorothy A. Hummel
Nancy Jacobson
Scott & Denee Judy
Nadine Kofman
Diane M. Kerly
C & V Klingsberg
Lynn M. Koval-Shields
June W. Krumrine
Philip & Shirley Lucas
Frances S. Malkames
Richard C. Marboe Family
Barbara P. Marder
The McGann Family
Vera McGuire
Gene & Jackie Melander
"Mothers & More" - State College Chapter
Patricia Moyer
Robert & Patricia Newnham
Michelle & Keith Niedermeier
Helen O’Connell
Elizabeth H. Pennock
Marion Jones, Carol Lutz, J. Petsi Miller
PA Conservation Corps (grant)
Marcia H. Perdew
Janice B. Perison
Dr. & Mrs. Wm. H. Peterson
Nancy L. Records
The Ricketts Family
Sandra E. Rishel
Greg & MaryJane Roth
William D. Rusk
Ralph & Barbara Seeley
Nicole Leigh Seifert & Richard Seifert
Robert D. & Louella M. Shipman
Chris & Jennifer Shuey
James B. Smith
Josephine Smith
Vicki L. Smith
David, Joann, & John Snell
Troy M. Snyder
State College Lions Club
GFWC State College Woman's Club
James C. Steff
John A. Stellmack
Jack & Anne Stevens
Tom & Sara Songer & Family
State of the Art, Inc.
William Toombs
Edward R. Tressler
Diane M. Vidic
The Vrentas Family
The Wasson Family
Paul V. V. Weber
Darlene & Paul Weener
Chuck & Grace Widmann
Jane & Nelson Wood
Ron & Ann Woodhead
Harry & Lynn Zinn


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