Six recipients represented in the 40th Senate District have been awarded state grants by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), according to Senator Mario Scavello (R-40), who said the funding will enable the counties, local governments, and other conservation-related organizations to fulfill planning, acquisition and development of parks, recreation, conservation and greenway projects for the benefit of the communities and those area residents.
Scavello said that Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants (CCPP), administered by DCNR, includes Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener I) and several federal funding sources.
Organizations in the 40th district that received grants include:
Chestnuthill Township – toward acquisition of approximately 60 acres for an addition to the Big Woods Natural Area and passive recreation.
Smithfield Township — for rehabilitation and further development of Marshalls Falls Park. Work to include renovation of pedestrian/golf cart bridge; construction of pedestrian walkways, boardwalks, pedestrian bridges, scenic overlook and parking area; installation of signage; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
The Nature Conservancy — toward acquisition of approximately 123 acres in Stroud Township for open space protection and passive recreation.
Northampton County — for development of the NorBath Trail in Northampton Borough, Allen Township and East Allen Township. Work to include the rehabilitation of approximately 4.8 miles of trail from Clear Springs Drive in Northampton Borough to Jacksonville Park in East Allen Township, three bridges, and a trailhead; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related improvements.
Lower Mount Bethel Township — toward acquisition of approximately 173 acres located along the Delaware River for open space protection and passive recreation.
Washington Township — for further development of Washington Township Recreation Complex. Work to include construction of basketball and pickleball courts, nature play area, pump park, gaga ball pit, observation deck, dog park, disc golf course, parking area, pedestrian walkways and stormwater management measures; installation of nature play equipment and fitness equipment; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related improvements.
“I am very proud to support this grant program, which provides vital funding for parks and conservation related efforts and offers residents a chance to experience the outdoors and spend time with family and friends,” Scavello said. “The funding is vital to many of their budgets and the great work they do every day.”
CONTACT: Christine Zubeck firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-6123 (Senator Scavello)