Sen. Yaw Announces 200K Grant to Bolster Memorial Park Playground

HARRISBURG – The City of Williamsport has been awarded a $200,000 state grant for the renovation of the Memorial Park Playground, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).  The grant was supported by Yaw and approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) during today’s meeting.

Located in the City’s West End, the proposed improvements will renovate the current all-inclusive playground facility by replacing the existing poured-in-place rubberized safety surface and deteriorating playground equipment with modern, all-inclusive, ADA accessible equipment and a new poured-in-place rubberized safety surface. 

“The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funds projects that develop, rehabilitate and improve public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation,” Sen. Yaw noted.  “Projects require a 15 percent local cash match, so it really takes a team effort to see a project like this come to fruition.  It’s my hope that the entire community will benefit from the renovation.”

“This is wonderful news, the people of Williamsport are lucky to have an advocate like Senator Yaw,” said Bonnie Katz, Chairwoman of the Public Works Committee.  “As a result of this funding, the playground at Memorial Park will likely re-open next year.”

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the CFA for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using the GTRP.

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Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff

(717) 787-3280

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