In January 2013, the NRHC received a $120,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to complete the final steps leading up to construction.
Currently, the NRHC and its partners which include: Fayette County, the River Town Program, Point Marion Borough and Point Marion civic organizations, are undertaking efforts to raise funding needed to construct the 1.4 miles that will connect Point Marion to West Virginia’s 48 mile Mon River Trail system. The estimated construction cost including trail headed amenities is approximately $200,000.
Thus far, the community has raised $3,100. Since the announcement, the community leadership has reinvigorated its fund raising efforts. Additionally, $25,000 in grant funds have been received from various sources and a DCNR grant application will be submitted by the NRHC for constructions funds need for this specific segment.
Your financial support to build this integral piece of the Sheepskin Trail will not only help construct the southern terminus of this import north/south trail. As a recreational greenway, this portion of the Sheepskin Trail will immediately link the Monongahela, and Cheat River watersheds and ultimately the Youghiogheny watershed—making it a significant greenway.
The residents and businesses of Point Marion have been waiting for many years for this portion of the trail with its connection to the greater Morgantown area and West Virginia trail system. The Borough and its residents are already positioning themselves to take advantage of this economic development opportunity to become a new residential and small business destination providing services, retail opportunities, restaurant choices and housing. Existing businesses are already making investments to serve trail users by expanding offerings and services but also introducing bike racks – a welcoming sight for trail travelers.