Ten park projects in Lehigh and Northampton counties are sharing $ 1,560,800 in public funding, Governor Tom Wolf and Lehigh Valley lawmakers said.
Wolf announced Thursday the investment of $ 70 million in 317 projects across Pennsylvania designed to revitalize communities, create new recreational opportunities and conserve natural spaces.
“Our outdoor spaces are one of the things that unites us all – a meeting place for our health, for fun, for recreation and a draw for tourists,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. “Many funded projects – improvements to local parks, trails and river access – are bringing these amenities closer to home, requiring less driving and less expense to live with at a time of the pandemic when these opportunities are recognized. as essential for our well-being. “
Grants fall under the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program and are paid through the Keystone Fund funded by Land Transfer Tax, Environmental Stewardship Fund, Permit Fees. ATV / snowmobile and federal support.
They will support a variety of proposals, including: 152 projects to rehabilitate or develop recreation, park and conservation areas and facilities; the protection of approximately 4,400 acres of open space; 180 acres of forest buffer zones along waterways; and 48 non-motorized and motorized trail projects.
“This significant $ 70 million investment in outdoor recreation, infrastructure and conservation will leverage approximately $ 196 million in local, regional and private investment, giving every state dollar more power for the good. public, ”Wolf said.
State Representative Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, announced the granting of the grant to recreation projects in Easton and Hellertown, while State Senator Lisa Boscola, D-Lehigh / Northampton, a touted additional projects in the townships of Bethlehem and Lower Saucon.
“These grants help local communities plan and develop recreation areas and keep spaces open,” Freeman said in a statement. “Parks, trails and other recreational facilities are important to the quality of life in a community. They enhance green spaces, preserve the environment and provide a place for exercise and relaxation.
Here are the local grants and project descriptions from the state DCNR:
Lehigh County, $ 390,600: Development of the Jordan Creek Greenway in the townships of North Whitehall and Lowhill. Work is to include the construction of an approximately 1.1 mile trail from the Trexler Nature Preserve Border Trail in North Whitehall Township to Jordan Road in North Whitehall Township, a boardwalk and trailhead; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
North Lehigh Recreation Authority, $ 54,000: Rehabilitation of Slatedale Park, Washington Township, Lehigh County. The works include the construction of basketball and volleyball courts and a dog park; installation of fences; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
Wildlands Conservancy Inc., $ 120,000: Construction of approximately 10 acres of forest buffer zones along waterways in the Lehigh River watershed in County Lehigh. Work to include awareness and engagement of landowners; buffer plantations and post-plant establishment; project sign and other related site improvements.
Canton of Bethlehem, $ 200,000: Continued development of Housenick Memorial Park, Township of Bethlehem. The works include the construction of an internal loop trail and stormwater management measures; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
Township of Allen East, $ 180,000: Restoration of two acres of Bicentennial Park along an unnamed tributary of Catasauqua Creek in East Allen Township. The works should include the restoration of wetlands and grasslands; implementation of rainwater management measures, riparian buffer forest; construction of an amphitheater and pedestrian bridges; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
City of Easton, $ 100,000: Rehabilitation of Centennial Park, Easton City. The works include renovating the basketball courts; construction of a stage and a pedestrian bridge; installation of play equipment with required safety coating, fencing, community garden and lighting; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
Borough of Hellertown, $ 200,000: Continued development of Dimmick Park, Hellertown borough. The works will include the construction of a basketball court, a pedestrian walkway, a parking area and stormwater management measures; installation of fences; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
Borough of Hellertown, $ 40,000: Prepare a greenway plan and site development master plan for the Saucon Creek Corridor in the Borough of Hellertown, Northampton County. Work to include a written and bound report.
Canton of Lower Nazareth, $ 200,000: Continuation of the development of Newburg Park, Township of Lower Nazareth. The works will include the construction of a wading pool, an equipment building, a pavilion and pedestrian bridges; installation of filtration and recirculation system, utilities and fences; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
Canton of Bas-Saucon, $ 76,200: Rehabilitation of Polk Valley Park, Township of Lower Saucon. Work including the renovation of an internal loop trail; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
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