Thursday, December 29, 2016

How We Spent 2016: By The Numbers

• 312 cyclists rode 16 or 40 miles on the Schuylkill River Trail during Ride for the River.

• 66 volunteers removed over 60 bags of trash from the Schuylkill River Trail during the Earth Day SPREEkend
• 160 children learned about the Schuylkill River in our new Schuylkill Explorers program

$4,711 raised for the trail through the sale of Sly Fox Brewery's SRT Ale from April
through September, bringing to almost $9,000 the total raised over two years.

• 119 attendees at our first Evening for the Schuylkill River annual dinner

• 98 original works exhibited in the 13th Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill Art Show 

• 1,000+ people who viewed the NPS traveling art quilt exhibit, "Piecing Together a Changing Planet," when we hosted it in October.

• 95 Pedal and Paddlers who joined one of our six events

• 1-mile interpretive loop trail created in Riverfront Park by the new Pottstown RiverWalk

• $278,832 awarded in Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grants to 8 Projects that improve river water quality.
• 20 cultural interpretive signs installed along the Schuylkill River Trail in Manayunk and Berks County

• 60 underserved teens from Philadelphia and Schuylkill Counties engaged in our Student Outdoor Leadership Odyssey
• 205 Paddlers from 8 states and New Zealand in the 18th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn including a record 79 who made the full 112-mile paddle

• 25 Girl Scouts from 3 troops who earned our Schuylkill River Heritage Area patch

 • 18 water trail section maps in "A Paddler's Guide to the Schuylkill River," released in December.

• 10 LED lights installed along the trail in Reading, improving safety

• 51 partners and supporters provided feedback on our new Management Action Plan draft at 3 public meetings

• 2 Adopt-a-Trail participants added in Berks County: Children's Home of Reading and Target Stores.
And Finally:

• $589.9 million in annual Economic Impact to the region, according to a new study that also found that the Heritage Area supports 6,134 jobs and generates $37.7 million in state and local tax revenue, primarily as a result of tourism related activities.

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