Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) monies to aid local projects
HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced that several Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) grants totaling $819,500 will soon be awarded throughout his Senatorial District.
The CCPP is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and federal funding sources.
“I am pleased that these investments have been made in my senatorial district,” Yaw said. “This funding will assist with the completion of park and other land and water conservation projects. Even more importantly, these dollars will generate additional revenues through increased economic, tourism and recreational activities.”
Grants announced today in Sen. Yaw’s District include:
*Athens Township ($200,000) to further develop Round Top Park, which will include construction of a pavilion, comfort station, fishing pier and pedestrian walkway; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related improvements.
“Athens Township Parks and Recreation Commission is thrilled to learn that our grant application for Phase II of our Round Top Park Expansion has been approved,” said Park Commissioner, Richard Bean. “This will be a big boost to help our project move forward. The expansion will be enjoyed not only by residents of Athens Township, but by all our neighboring municipalities and other travelers who come to enjoy all our park has to offer. We are very, very thankful for these funds and look forward to proceeding with these additional improvements.”
*Montoursville Borough ($86,000) for the rehabilitation and development at Indian Park, which will include construction of a parking area, pedestrian walkway, pedestrian bridge, habitat pier, boardwalk and fishing platform; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
“Montoursville Borough would like to extend a sincere thank you to Senator Yaw, our State Representatives, the State and Local DCNR, Lycoming County Commissioner’s, First Community Foundation Partnership of PA and all local area community organizations involved with helping obtain the DCNR grant,” said Ginny Gardner, Secretary/Treasurer for Montoursville Borough. “Montoursville Borough has spent the last several years planning our Indian Park Pond Restoration and Nature Trail project and this grant of $86,000 will help to obtain our goal, we are truly grateful.”
*Muncy Borough ($103,000) for the rehabilitation and further development of Green Street Park, which will include construction of a parking area, pedestrian walkway, pavilion and backstop; installation of play equipment and fitness equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
“The Borough appreciates this opportunity to upgrade the aging recreational infrastructure at the park,” added William R. Ramsey, Borough Manager for Muncy Borough.
*South Williamsport Borough ($125,200) for the rehabilitation of South Williamsport Community Park, which will include renovation of tennis courts; installation of fencing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
*The City of Williamsport ($90,000) for the rehabilitation of Way’s Garden Park, which will include construction of a pavilion, pedestrian walkways and garden structures; ADA access landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
*Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy ($215,300), which will be used for the acquisition of approximately 36 acres adjacent to Shikellamy State Park in Union Township for park expansion and passive recreation.
For more information on DCNR and statewide grant programs, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us.
Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff