HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) today applauded several state investments that will enhance local park, trail and other recreation opportunities in Bradford and Lycoming counties.
Awarded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP), four grants totaling $934,000 will provide financial assistance to local governments.
Yaw noted that Canton Borough in Bradford County has been awarded $40,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of War Memorial Park. The project includes renovation of tennis courts and basketball courts; construction of pedestrian walkways; installation of play area safety surfacing and kiosk; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Additionally, Wyalusing Borough has been awarded $80,000 for the development of Creekside Park in the Borough. The project includes construction of a boat launch, pedestrian pathways, access improvements, parking area; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
Furthermore, Armstrong Township in Lycoming County has been awarded $514,000 toward the acquisition of approximately 182 acres adjacent to the South Williamsport Community Center Complex to protect wetlands, wildlife habitat and enhance passive recreation opportunities. It was announced in October that Loyalsock Township has also been awarded $300,000 for the rehabilitation and development of the Loyalsock Community Recreation Center in Loyalsock Township.
“These are great investments by DCNR to improve and enhance our recreational areas,” Sen. Yaw said. “These grants will enable our local governments to make our parks even better and more accessible to our citizens. It’s important that we continue to improve these areas, so that we can enjoy them for years to come.”
The C2P2 Program includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources. The Program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.
Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff