Who We Are

The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail was formed as a nonprofit organization in the fall of 2008. We are working to help ensure that the Lower Merion community’s vision of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail will be fulfilled. We are managed by a team of Board of Directors with help from our partners and sponsors. Our board meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Monday of every month at 6:45pm at the Bringhurst Funeral Home in West Laurel Hill Cemetery (enter from Belmont Ave across from the Bala Cynwyd Playground).  To become a member of the Friends or for more information you may email us at info@cynwydtrail.org.

We couldn’t do it alone. The Friends work with a number of civic organizations and local businesses  such as Lower Merion Conservancy, The Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Friends of Linwood Park, Bicycle Coalition, Circuit Coalition. West Laurel Hill Cemetery has also been a great neighbor and continues to support the Trail in many ways.

Our Mission

The Cynwyd Heritage Trail  Mission
The Cynwyd Heritage Trail is a critical link in the region’s extensive network of trailways and green spaces and an historic public space amenity that connects our communities to nature, recreation, and respite.

The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail – Mission
The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail supports the continuing enhancement of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail as a local and regional amenity through environmental education, beautification, and advocacy.

2021 Board of Directors

Barrett Dunigan
Bill Halpin
Bruce D. Reed
Bryan Shipenberg, Vice President
Casey Scott
Debra Nathanson
Dave Hoog
Drew Ries
Harry Conry, President
Jim Mundy
Karen Snetselaar
Kimberly Rosen
Marc Cooper
Michael Mastaglio
Michele Diacik
Nancy Goldenberg
Rosanna D’Orazio, Secretary
Sudie Herman

Ex-officio
Gilda Kramer
David McComb
Mike McKeon

Township Reps
Chris Leswing
Donna Heller
Paul McElhaney

Business and Corporate Contributors

In addition to our ever-growing list of individual members, the Friends are grateful for the efforts and support of many organizations. Corporate sponsors provide substantial support for programs, development, and activities.

Corporate sponsors gain from a variety of marketing and recognition benefits designed to complement the company’s strategic objectives and philanthropic priorities. Based upon the level of support, benefits include:

  • – Heightened corporate visibility through advertising and marketing
  • – Prominent corporate logo visibility
  • – Prominent acknowledgment in publicity materials
  • – Opportunities to reach civic and business leaders

Special mention is reserved for the West Laurel Hill Cemetery. Their continuing annual leadership of $5000 or more has helped develop the Trail into an extraordinary community experience.

West Laurel Hill is a non-profit historic cemetery offering funeral services, monuments, reception areas, a crematory, green and Jewish burial & funeral services.

Other Important Links

Circuit Trails
Township link to Cynwyd Trail
Township of Lower Merion