Please Make a Special Year-End Contribution to the Friends
Please contribute to the Friends’ Year-End Appeal that replenishes our Canal Improvement Fund and sustains our organization.
Last December we asked you to help replenish the Friends’ Canal Improvement Fund, specifically so that we could restore Woody’s Camelback Bridge. You generously responded, and we raised the needed $25,000 and then some. The bridge contractor worked through the winter, and, by May, our intrepid Canal Action Team volunteers had applied the final coat of barn red stain. Another historical camelback bridge restored in record time.
With the additional contributions, the Canal Action Team was able to undertake the construction of the “Potty Barn,” an aesthetically pleasing enclosure for a new port-a-john installation at the busy Black Rock Road Picnic Area in Yardley. The “Potty Barn” has been enthusiastically received and, best of all, respected by its users.
The Friends of the Delaware Canal get things done. Woody’s Bridge and the “Potty Barn” are just two of the hundreds of projects and initiatives that the Friends have undertaken in the organization’s 35 years, and, as you know, there is more to do.
In 2018, we want to accomplish several projects that will enhance how visitors and neighbors experience the Canal – new and improved interpretive signs that tell the Canal’s fascinating stories, building another “Potty Barn” for the canal access at Washington Crossing Historic Park, and bringing back our “Sharing the Towpath ” trail information and etiquette campaign. If the approval is secured, we also want to be ready to install the centrifugal pump at Bowman’s Hill to prevent the southern half of the Canal from being water starved next summer.
Please help us continue to get things done by contributing to our Year-End Appeal that replenishes our Canal Improvement Fund and sustains our organization.
Your donation to the Year-End Appeal also allows the Friends to move forward with our other important initiatives and activities. Our watchdog and advocacy functions will be ever more vital as DCNR moves along with its capital projects, such as the repair of the Tinicum Aqueduct, the replacement of the Kleinhans Aqueduct, the construction of the passageway through the Conrail embankment, the rebuilding of the Phillips’ Mill Bridge, and the replacement of twelve canal bridges, culverts, and other structures. These projects must proceed expeditiously with high regard for sustained water flow, uninterrupted visitor use, and respect for the Canal’s essential character.
Our Annual Clean-Up Day, Canal Tenders, and Canal Action Team efforts are ongoing, and our partnerships and creative endeavors grow ever stronger. We strive to present the many facets of the Delaware Canal in their best light to both new and longtime visitors.
To help the Friends do what we have done effectively and efficiently for 35 years – advocate, fund projects, volunteer, teach and innovate – we ask you to include the Friends in your year-end giving. Your contribution will allow us to seize new opportunities to enhance the Canal’s waterway and towpath and promote and implement projects that will make the Canal an even better asset to its visitors and surrounding communities.
We truly appreciate your support and heartfelt concern. Both help to make the Friends a strong, vibrant, and influential organization. As 2017 closes, we thank you for your continuing support, and we ask you to invest in the work (and play) ahead by making a special contribution.
Happy Holidays! We look forward to a productive New Year.
Brett Webber, President Susan Taylor, Executive Director