(WTAJ) — The Shapiro Administration is investing $52.5 million for more than 225 recreation and conservation projects across Pennsylvania, including $2.4 million right here in Central Pa.
Shapiro and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said the goal of this investment is to create recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and help revitalize local communities. Below you can find the local communities that will benefit from this investment.
- Logan Township will receive $655,800 for the development of Strawberry Hills Soccer Complex. The work will include construction of pedestrian walkways, pavilion, soccer fields, access drive, parking area and stormwater management measures.
- Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission will receive $45,000 to prepare for the development of approximately 4.25 miles of trail in Saxton Borough.
- Westmont Borough will receive $29,000 to prepare a Master Site Development Plan for the 62.84-acre Ridge Park in Upper Yoder Township.
- ClearWater Conservancy of Central Pa. Inc. will receive $69,500 to reconnect citizens with the natural environment through targeted outreach and programming, facilitate equitable access to the program and expand partnerships with the healthcare community.
- College Township will receive $153,000 for the Rehabilitation of Spring Creek Park to include renovation of basketball courts, tennis courts and pedestrian walkways as well as installation of fencing, ADA access, landscaping and site improvements.
- Penn State University will receive $358,600 for the Development of the Musser Gap Greenway Trail. Work will include rehabilitation of approximately 0.36 miles of trail from the northern terminus of the Musser Gap Greenway Trail.
Clearfield and Jefferson Counties
- The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will receive $62,100 for restoration of the streams in the Redbank Creek Watershed. Work will include streambank stabilization, habitat improvements and related improvements.
- Jones Township will receive $218,500 for the development of Marvin Street Gateway Park. Work will include the construction of pedestrian walkways and bridges, landscaping and related improvements.
- St Marys City will receive $250,000 for the rehabilitation of Memorial Park. Work will include installation of play equipment safety surfacing.
- Porter Township will receive $61,700 for the rehabilitation of Juniata Valley Park. Work will include the construction of walkways, installation of play equipment and related improvements.
- Brookville Borough will receive $390,900 for the rehabilitation of Walter Dick Memorial Park. Work will include park renovations.
- Somerset County will receive $148,000 for further development of the Somerset Lake Nature Park.
“Our Commonwealth has incredible outdoor spaces and for me, there`s no better
place to be than on a Pennsylvania trail.” Shapiro said. “So today, I’m proud to announce that the
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, led by Secretary Cindy Dunn, has
awarded more than $52 million to over 225 local projects across the Commonwealth
that will help communities like Bethlehem connect more trails, improve more parks, and
help more Pennsylvanians just enjoy their time outside.”
The grants will be administered by the DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. The funding for projects come from the Keystone Fund, which is generated through taxes and federal money.
To see the all the projects across the entire Commonwealth that the $52.5 million is going towards, you can click here.