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State Investment for Local Revitalization

The state announced $38 Million in grants today and much of it helps our region.
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Pennsylvanians will benefit from new recreational opportunities, expanded protection of natural resources and locally-driven community projects as a result of more than $38 million in new grants to be distributed across the state.
 
The Community Conservation Partnership Program grants will support 201 conservation and recreation projects in 62 counties.  The grants will fund a variety of proposals, including 36 trail projects; protecting 2,718 acres of open space; 77 community parks; five river conservation projects; and 35 projects for regional and statewide heritage area, park, greenway and trail initiatives.
 
“Pennsylvania’s parks and trails; natural areas; and many opportunities to be active outdoors, on land and on our great rivers and streams, define our communities and make them places where people want to live, work and play,” Corbett said. “These grants will help our local partners – including municipalities, counties, land trusts and conservancies – to meet the vision they have for their communities and regions.”
 
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program combines several funding sources into one grant program. Funding comes from Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the ATV/Snowmobile Fund


Cambria

Cambria County, $300,000, rehabilitation of the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown City, work to include the renovation of the ice rink; installation of floor, heat tubing and ice floor control systems; ADA access, project sign and other related site improvements.

Conemaugh Township, $160,000, further development of Whitewater Park and Greenhouse Park, work to include in-stream channel modifications; stream bank stabilization; construction of public rest rooms, ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements.  
 
Centre
Benner Township, $115,000, development of the Spring Creek Canyon Trail, work to include construction of approximately 1.2 miles of trail along Spring Creek from Rock Road to Shiloh Road, 2 trailheads, ADA access, signage, and other related site improvements.
ClearWater Conservancy of Central PA, Inc. $565,500, acquisition of approximately 281 acres off of Whitetail Lane and adjacent to Rothrock State Forest on Tussey Mountain in Harris and Ferguson Townships, for forest habitat protection and passive recreation.

Ferguson Township, $200,000, development of Westfield/Hillside Farm Estates Park, work to include construction of a pavilion and multi-purpose field; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, pedestrian walkway, parking and stormwater management control measures; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
 
Philipsburg Borough, $40,000, rehabilitation of 13th Street/Slabtown Playground, work to include construction of pedestrian walkway and parking; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing and fencing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. 

State College Borough, $25,000, rehabilitation and further development of High Point Park, work to include the construction of a pedestrian walkway; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
 
Clearfield
Clearfield Soccer Association, $60,000, rehabilitation and further development of Soccer Complex in Lawrence Township, work to include construction of soccer field, pedestrian walkway and parking; improvements to existing electrical and sewer systems; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. 

Huntingdon
Three Springs Borough, $40,000, rehabilitation of Borough Park, work to include construction of parking; installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
 
 
Jefferson
Brookville Borough, $380,000, development of Historic Brookville Town Square, work to include construction of an outdoor performance venue, seating, pedestrian walkway and parking; installation of utilities and site lighting; ADA access; landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

Reynoldsville Borough, $38,700, rehabilitation of Community Park, work to include construction of pedestrian walkway and parking; installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. 
 
Somerset
Redevelopment Authority of Somerset County, $48,000, rehabilitation of Uptown Somerset Trinity Park in Somerset Borough, work to include construction of outdoor seating, pedestrian walkway and parking; installation of utilities; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
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