Huber Paving paved a section of the Big Bend Riverside Wildlife Viewing Trail below Kinzua Dam on Wednesday, making the viewing platform and interpretive signs handicapped accessible. The original trail was paved with limestone, but proved to be too soft for wheelchairs. Over $85,000 has been spent on the nearly half-mile trail during the past three years. Seneca Resources, the exploration and production segment of National Fuel Gas, made a $2,000 donation to the Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council, and to the Allegheny Outdoor Club (AOC) towards the paving project. The Community Foundation of Warren County and the FirstEnergy Foundation also each made $2,000 donations. The Penn Soil RC and D Council, acting as a not-for-profit 501(c) 3, serves as a financial agent for the AOC, and the two organizations have partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the trail to enhance tourism assets. The viewing platform is a popular site for watching bald eagles and ospreys fishing in the Allegheny River, especially during the winter months.
Times Observer photo by Rob Andersen