WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) on Monday announced grant funding that will be used to expand the Loyalsock Community Recreation Center in Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County. An investment of $300,000 will build a 4,000-square foot addition to the existing center to increase opportunities for after-school programming and for use by the Office of Aging, expanding recreation for all ages in the township.
“I’m happy the investment approved this week will be used to expand the center and make needed improvements, which will increase opportunities and activities for area residents,” Sen. Yaw said. “The C2P2 program has supported many projects in the county over the years and I’m happy that funding continues to be directed back to our region.”
“Local parks and recreation improve the everyday lives of people of all places, ages, and backgrounds,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are happy to assist Loyalsock Township by investing in this expansion of the Loyalsock Community Recreation Center, which is a great partnership in the community to provide recreation programing for children after school, and for senior activities – tying recreation opportunities to local health and wellness initiatives.”
The existing center is located at 1607 Four Mile Drive in Williamsport. The expansion will allow the township recreation department to grow its After School Recreation Program, which is currently restricted due to limited space. In a partnership with the STEP Office of Aging, the expanded center also will become the Loyalsock Center for Healthy Aging, and provide recreational and educational classes to seniors, as well as lunch daily.
More than 40 percent of the of the township’s residents are over 60.
The source of funding for the DCNR grant is the Keystone Fund, which is currently celebrating 25 years of supporting thousands of community improvements in Pennsylvania.
Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff