Heritage of Huntington helps fund new pavilion

Members of The Heritage of Huntington Foundation present a check for $10,000 to the Huntington Area Recreation Trails Association (HARTA) at the future site of a picnic pavilion near the Erie Rail Bridge along Riverside Drive on Thursday, Nov. 5. Pictured (from left to right) are Anthony Goodnight, director of Public Works and Engineering Services for the City of Huntington; Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters; Jody Schenkel-Davenport, HARTA president; Jim Lewis, HARTA; and Jim Flueckiger, Rev. James Jones and Phil Marshall, all of The Heritage of Huntington Foundation.
Members of The Heritage of Huntington Foundation present a check for $10,000 to the Huntington Area Recreation Trails Association (HARTA) at the future site of a picnic pavilion near the Erie Rail Bridge along Riverside Drive on Thursday, Nov. 5. Pictured (from left to right) are Anthony Goodnight, director of Public Works and Engineering Services for the City of Huntington; Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters; Jody Schenkel-Davenport, HARTA president; Jim Lewis, HARTA; and Jim Flueckiger, Rev. James Jones and Phil Marshall, all of The Heritage of Huntington Foundation. Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A picnic pavilion near the Erie Rail Bridge on Huntington’s east side is nearer to reality, after the Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA) received a $10,000 donation toward the project from The Heritage of Huntington Foundation.

The presentation was made Thursday, Nov. 5, at the site of the planned Erie Heritage Park, where the pavilion will be constructed.

Huntington Mayor Bro-oks Fetters says the donation will help meet the $20,000 cost of the project, with a Lilly Foundation match of $10,000 bringing the total to $30,000.

“The picnic pavilion is part of a wider plan to develop a trail hub at the intersection of the Little River Trail and the Erie Rail Trail at the south entrance of the historic Erie Rail Bridge,” Fetters said in a statement on Nov. 5.

Erie Heritage Park will feature various pieces of railroad memorabilia and informational kiosks. Construction of the pavilion will begin in the spring of 2016 as part of the construction of Section Four of the Little River Trail.

When completed, the Erie Rail Trail will run north and south from Hier’s Park to Huntington University’s Forest Glen Park.

The Little River Trail will run east and west from the Historic Forks of the Wabash Park to the PAL Club, along the south bank of the Little River.

In total, the completed trail and greenway network will have more than nine miles of recreational trails.

The City of Huntington will receive construction bids for the trails along Riverside Avenue beginning Dec. 16, Fetters says.