Who We Are

Photo Courtesy of Todd Wall

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 7:30p 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

Friends support the design, construction, maintenance, and community involvement in the Trail. Going forward, we secure financial support to sustain and enhance the park and its natural, educational, and recreational resources. We also promote and coordinate volunteer time, talent, and fundraising to provide for permanent improvements and amenities along the Trail.

Awards

o Best Place to take your Valentine!
o Voted “Favorite Park” by Narberth-Bala Cynwyd Patch readers.
o The Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd named FOCHT “Citizens of the Year”
o “Go Green” Award
o Best Place to Hike
o Best Local Place to Visit
o 2012  Montgomery Award
o 2012 Greenways Mini Grant
o 2013 Green Machine Award
o 3rd Place in Whole Foods Community Support Day Contest

2014 Board of Directors

Ken Brier (Secretary)
Deborah Cassidy
Barrett Dunigan (President)
Jennifer Dunigan
Eric Foster (VP)
Andrew Horvath
Shirlee Howe
Rob Krischker (VP)
Betsy Mastaglio
Kitty Rapalyea
Bruce Reed
Lee Rudy
Rebecca Rutstein
Roy Scott
Brandon Shuler (Treasurer)
Jonathan Spergel
Ex Officio:
Selene George, Chris Leswing, George T. Manos, Paul McElhaney, and C. Brian McGuire

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.

Supporting and Related Organizations

1 800 Got Junk
Acme
Ardmore Pizza
Aquatic & Fitness Center
Bala Cynwyd School for Young Children
BAM
Build-A-Bear Workshop
BUNN Commercial
Bicycle Coalition
Church of Saint Asaph
Complete the Schuylkill River Trail
Cynwyd Club
D’Angelo’s Ristorante
Denstination Schuylkill River
Firestone
F & Joanna McMorris
Green Mountain Coffee
Hymie’s & Louis Barson
Ivy Ridge Trail
Joel Levin
Jonathan Spergel
Hymie’s Merion Deli
KesslerTopaz Meltzer & Check
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
Leigh Valley Farms
Love from Home Gifts (Babis)
Lower Merion Conservancy
Lower Merion Historical Society
Manayunk Development Corporation
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox
MasterServ Financial
Narberth Area Garden Club
Narberth Beverage
Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd
Paladin by Arkema
Rebecca Rutstein
Rockwell Associates, LLC
Roy Scott Design
Ruby’s Diner
Quality Assured Produce Inspectors (QAPI)
Schuylkill River Development Corporation
Schuylkill River Heritage Area
Schuylkill River Park Alliance
Sidd’s Auto Repair
Stephen Gould Corporation
The Schuylkill River Trail Association
The New Tavern
Tony Roni’s
Tir Na Nog
Valley Forge Fitness
West Laurel Hill Cemetery

Other Important Links

Connect the Circuit
Township link to Cynwyd Trail
Township of Lower Merion