Local parks see state grants to help revitalize communities

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Governor Tom Wolf announced an investment of $70 million for 317 projects across Pennsylvania that will revitalize communities, create new recreational opportunities, and conserve natural spaces.

The grants fall under the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program. Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, fees for ATV/Snowmobile licenses, and federal monies.

“Our outdoor places are among the things that tie us all together a place to meet for our health, for enjoyment, for recreation and a draw for tourists,” Gov. Wolf said. “Many of the projects being funded improvements to local parks, trails, and river access bring these amenities closer to home, requiring less driving and expense to experience at a time during the pandemic when these opportunities are recognized as critical to our well-being.”

Rep. Burns related that a portion of the funding awarded by DCNR includes:

  • $70,000 for Gallitzin Borough to further develop Gremlin Park, which will include the construction of horseshoe pits, fitness equipment, landscaping and stormwater management.
  • $46,7000 to Rock Run Recreation to purchase equipment to expand and maintain approximately 140 miles of ATV trails in Cambria and Clearfield counties.

According to Rep. Jim Rigby, $15,000 was awarded for Stackhouse Park, which covers more than 277 acres with seven miles of hiking trails.

“There is plenty of discussion about ways we can upgrade Stackhouse Park, which covers more than 277 acres and includes seven miles of hiking and bicycling trails. Before we talk about funding improvements, we need a master site development plan, which is specifically what this $15,000 grant will be used for by the City of Johnstown.”

Rep. Jim Rigby

The grants will support a variety of other proposals including 152 projects to rehabilitate or develop recreation, park, and conservation areas and facilities; protect approximately 4,400 acres of open space; 180 acres of streamside forest buffers; and 48 non-motorized and motorized trail projects.

Find a complete list of grants by county on the DCNR website.

Pennsylvania has more than 6,200 local parks and 121 state parks, more than 12,000 miles of trails, and more than 83,000 miles of waterways. Together with more than 2.2 million acres of state forests, the commonwealth has among the largest expanses of public lands in the eastern United States that offer outdoor recreation opportunities in all four seasons.

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