Sponsors and donors are a large part of the success of Catonsville Rails To Trails. Thanks so much to the following sponsors!
Brightview is one of our newest sponsors and in a short amount of time, have made a big impact on CRTT. They have sponsored CRTT’s efforts to plant new red bud trees on the #8 Streetcar Path and they have added financial support to the new Spring Grove trail. CRTT and Brightview hope to partner on several projects in the coming year. Thanks to the wonderful employees at Brightview who make it a pleasure to do business.
ABC Equipment Rental provides deeply discounted chippers, chainsaws, post hole diggers, heavy equipment and just about anything that CRTT needs to build trails. Lee and Tammy Lightner, owners of ABC, have been working with our trail building teams since volunteers began on the #8 Streetcar Path in 1996. General Manager, Tom Ward and his team at the Catonsville store make renting equipment easy and hassle free.
Since Atwater’s Bakery opened their bakery on Main Street Catonsville, they have been generous supporters of several non-profits and CRTT is proud to be one of those lucky organizations. The owners, Ned and La Atwater, are avid cyclist and love the idea of the Catonsville Short Line Trail which will have one of yhe trail heads right on Frederick Road across from the firehouse. The Atwaters donated gift cards to the 2014 Membership Campaign.
Jim Bower, the owner of two McDonald’s on Frederick Road and Wilkens Avenue, has donated hundreds of meals for our hungry volunteers. Volunteers from the Catonsville Alternative High School and L.I.F.E are especially appreciative of these lunches after spending the morning working on the trail. “These coupons are great incentives for students, encouraging them to do their best,” states Shawn Krause, a teacher from the school, “the kids love going there and they are treated like all-stars.”
George Brookhart of Maryland Residential Realty was a board member of CRTT for three years and continues to volunteer his time. George is always the first one to step forward and sponsor projects on the trail. He donated the birdhouses for the “Birds of Paradise” birdhouse project, pays for the refreshments and pizza on the clean up days, provides membership incentives and frequently makes donations to help us fund various endeavors along the trails.
Lori and Al Parsons know how wonderful Catonsville trails are. Their eatery and bar, Matthew 1600 Restaurant, is located next to the #8 Streetcar Path at the Frederick Road entrance. They understand the high cost of maintenance that trails require and in 2012, removed several dead and dangerous trees along the trail border at their expense. When CRTT removed ivy from dozens of trees, they donated $200 to defray expenses. In 2014 and 2015, they donated 20 gift cards to the membership drive. They are very hospitable when CRTT holds clean up days along the trail, allowing volunteers to use their restrooms, water or whatever is needed. Next time you decide to walk the #8, stop in and have a meal and don’t forget to thank the Parsons for all they do.
As a sponsor and friend of the trail, no one has done more to move our trails forward that Link Mechanical Contractors. Owner Chris Podowski came to a cleanup in November, 2011 and said “I have a chainsaw and I’d like to get involved.” Since that time, Link Mechanical has donated hundreds of hours and an estimated $10,000 in free labor to construct our trails. Link Mechanical was the General Contractor on the Maiden Choice Ln. to Shady Nook Ave. portion of the trail as well as the Mellor Ave. portion, across from the armory. Link Mechanical was the contractor that removed over 167 tons (8 dumpsters) of debris from the Spring Grove section in December of 2013. Chris is familiar with all type of heavy construction equipment and operates them flawlessly. His skills is helping to plan out projects and his creative ideas has saved CRTT thousands of dollars
Hans Bleinberger, a Landscape Consultant with McHale Landscape Design of Annapolis, has been assisting CRTT for over 18 years. Hans designed the #8 Streetcar Path entrances on Frederick and Edmondson Avenues and the entrances for the Catonsville Short Line Trail on Maiden Choice Lane. His spectacular drawings have assisted CRTT with obtaining grants and turning his designs into reality.
The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce provides tremendous support to CRTT. First and foremost, they allow us to use their office at 924 Frederick Road for our bi-monthly meetings. CRTT wouldn’t miss having a booth at the annual Catonsville Arts Festival which is organized by the Chamber and held the Sunday after Labor Day. Having face-to-face contact with the Catonsville community at the Arts Fest has been essential in gaining support for the trails.