Hikers, birders, dog walkers, and horseback riders visiting the 75-acre Briar Hill Preserve in Whitpain Township confront a challenge when entering the Preserve from Prophecy Creek Park. Without a bridge to cross the stream, trail users must cross the stream itself, which is steep, muddy, and wet. Unfortunately, foot traffic through the stream has caused streambank erosion.
This Giving Tuesday we are asking for your help to build a permanent solution – a new bridge – that will keep trail users safe and protect the stream.
WVWA and Horseways PA are partnering to raise the $10,000 needed to build this new bridge at Briar Hill Preserve. Horseways PA, a local non-profit focused on preserving equestrian trails and open space, has generously offered to match every dollar donated up to $5,000.
The new bridge will be a welcome addition to Briar Hill Preserve for all trail users (both two-legged and four-legged) and will help keep the stream underneath protected. Preventing erosion along the stream from foot traffic is important because it means protecting the water quality of the Prophecy Creek – the healthiest tributary to the Wissahickon Creek.
Having a bridge that allows for better access will help make acres of beautiful, preserved open space easier for our community to enjoy. Once installed, we will be able to welcome the public for bird walks, interpretative hikes, owl prowls, and other nature programs, at both Briar Hill and the Cheston Family Preserve, the new 8-acre addition to the property. It also means Shady Grove Elementary students will keep their feet dry while they experience the natural world firsthand, as part of WVWA’s education program.
The $10,000 goal will fund the necessary planning, permitting and construction of the bridge. Donors to this project will be the first to know when it’s completed and invited to an inaugural walk!
A donation of any amount will make a difference. And thanks to the generous match from Horseways PA, your donation will be doubled!
Existing Trail Crossing
New Bridge Site