President Barbara K. Mistick and Wilson College Trustees were joined by students and their families, faculty members and friends for a ribbon cutting to open the new pedestrian footbridge on May 19. The bridge, which is located behind the dorms, allows easy access over the Conocheague Creek to the college's Penn Hall Equestrian Center.
Prior to cutting the ribbon, Mistick said she was especially happy to have made the bridge possible for Wilson’s students, since many had expressed their desire for a new bridge during her candidacy for president. The old bridge failed after a storm in 2008.
Chambersburg’s Mayor Peter Lagiovane noted the importance of the bridge and Director of Equine Studies, John Tukey, said he was delighted that the project had been completed. Tukey also expressed his gratitude to Mistick and Wilson’s Trustees for making the bridge possible.
Many students come to Wilson to incorporate their interest in horses into their college studies. Wilson’s programs in Equestrian Studies and Equine-Facilitated Therapeutics are popular. Wilson also offers a degree in Equine Journalism and a variety of minors in equine studies. In addition, students can participate in intercollegiate teams and equestrian clubs.
Mistick, Lagiovane and Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, Trustee Jane E. Murray, cut the ribbon and then Mistick and Wilson Senior Stephanie Bachman led the crowd across the bridge to the Penn Hall Equestrian Center. Ice cream was offered upon their return crossing, ending the event sweetly.
The 60-foot-long prefabricated bridge is made of self-weathering steel with composite decking and was built by Contech Engineered Solutions in Greencastle. A new lighted path to the equestrian facilities has also been added. General contractor of the project is R.S. Mowery and Sons of Mechanicsburg.