Meetings are held every third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Visitor's Center, West Newton, conference room.
March 16; April 20; May 18; June 15
March for Parks
Team up for the annual March for Parks on Saturday, March 21, 2020!
Marches will be held at TWO locations in 2020:
What is the March for Parks?
The March for Parks (MFP) is an annual event organized by Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation, to have fun while raising funds for park improvements. Funds raised are used to match state and foundation grants, and to leverage other funding from a variety of sources. They have supported substantial improvements to Westmoreland County parks and trails, including construction of an amphitheater, dog park, winter sports area, Boundless Playground, skate park, dek hockey rink, and trails.
How does the MFP work?
Participants can collect donations before the March, either individually or as a member of a team. Many people form teams by organizing friends and family, school/sport/place of worship/work or community groups, or in memory of a loved one. There is friendly competition for recognition as a top fundraising team. Donations may be mailed in, or collected on the morning of the March. Even if you prefer not to march at the event, there will be lots of fun activities for everyone to enjoy—booths & exhibits, kids activities, raffle items, music, games, snacks, and more!
What projects are we fundraising for?
Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation is planning lots of new projects in your neighborhood, such as:
Sponsored by West Newton Fox's Pizza.
Proceeds benefit YRT/GAP trail maintenance.
Registration can also be accomplished by downloading the registration form, (see below). Registration forms are also available at the West Newton Station and Walk In registration will be open on race day in at the West Newton Station registration area starting at 8:00 am.
Stop by the Visitor’s Center in West Newton for free hot dogs and refreshments and get to know your trail neighbors. Find out what the West Newton Station has to offer you and meet the volunteers who make this resource possible for all GAP visitors.
If you join, you may be able to win a bag of Trail goodies!
Join us for a fun-filled morning at the GAP-Westmoreland Yough Trail – on Labor Day-West Newton Trail Head
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Caz Liszewski, a friend and one of the founding fathers of the Yough River Trail/ Great Allegheny Passage. He worked building the trail and was a member of the WYTC Original Over the Hill Gang. He also served as a Director of the WYTC for many years. As a mechanical engineer, his skills were highly valued as a dedicated member of the Original Over The Hill Gang.
Remarking about the beginning of trail building, Caz said “people took it on their own to volunteer because they felt it was their civic responsibility if the trail was to succeed.” He continued “the biggest factor for the trail’s success was its volunteers.”
Caz Liszewski mailed letters requesting people to clean the trail. Caz commented “the biggest problem was informing local people of the challenges and getting them to work.” He reminded us that using the GAP-WYTC Trail is free. This is not the case in other states.
He led the effort to renovate an abandon train car and relocate it to the Yough River trailhead in West Newton, where it still stands.
Caz will be in our thoughts as we ride our bikes or take a walk on the GAP – WYTC.
There will not be a viewing, but funeral services will be held at Seven Dolors Church in Yukon, PA at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday February 15th, with internment at St Timothy's Cemetery in Smithton.
Read full obituary here.
Read Tribune Review article by Jacob Tierney, Feb 13, 2020 . "Smithton engineer was visionary family man."
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Caz's name to Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter, 111 Collinsburg Road, West Newton, PA 15089.
Rest in Peace Caz.
Read about old abandoned railroad lines that have been converted into recreational trails from East to West. Look for No. 9- our Great Allegheny Passage, 150 miles,from Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By Cindy Barks. 2020.11.17
In 2007, the RTC began recognizing exemplary rail-trails around the country through its Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. They selected inductees on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance, community connections and geographic distribution.
The #GreatAlleghenyPassage had the honor to become the very first inductee into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. Because of this recognition, people from every state and all over the world come to ride the GAP.
We are privileged to have the opportunity to use this great amenity anytime we want as it is in our back yard. The trail is almost wholly maintained by volunteers who rely on memberships, fundraisers, and donations.