State College, PA – The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation announced that John Claar Excavating, Inc, Woodward, will be the contractor of the accessibility improvements at Soaring Eagle Wetland, located at 6543 South Eagle Valley Road, Julian, Pennsylvania. Groundbreaking for this project will begin in June 2022.
The $445,000 project will feature an ADA-compliant trail from the handicapped parking area to Bald Eagle Creek where an accessible fishing pier will be constructed. An observation viewing area and interpretative signage will complete phase one of this project, with expected completion in November 2022.
“I’m thrilled that we’re moving forward with phase one accessibility improvements to the Soaring Eagle Wetland,” remarks Jason Beale, chair of the Foundation’s wetland committee. “The opportunities for accessible wildlife viewing and recreation will elevate the wetland as an outdoor destination for all persons regardless of physical limitation.”
Subsequent phases of the Soaring Eagle Wetland will be completed as funding permits. The next phase will include additional ADA-compliant trails that will expand accessibility to the property that is comprised of riparian forest, meadow, marsh and wetlands. Observation areas for viewing wildlife and vistas, an entrance sign and coordinated interpretative signage are planned for phase two.
The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation was established in 2004 to provide all wildlife enthusiasts with a way to show their commitment through much-needed financial support for wildlife conservation efforts and education. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported projects including wildlife and wetland habitat improvements, creek and lake restorations, the Seedlings for Schools and Pollinator Garden programs and student educational opportunities. Two fully accessible, ADA-compliant wetlands areas are being developed in Centre County to provide all residents of Pennsylvania with outdoor recreational opportunities regardless of physical limitation. For more information, visit www.wildlifeforeveryone.org.