Seven local governments and organizations in the 32nd Senatorial District have been awarded grants through the state’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) to undertake projects to promote recreation activities, according to Senator Pat Stefano (R-32).
The Community Conservation Partnerships Program is administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and 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.
Grants are financed by the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources.
“These grants help to fund projects that improve the quality of life for area residents and protect our natural resources for future generations,” Stefano said. “I’m pleased that communities in my district will benefit from this state funding.”
Grants awarded include:
- Fairchance Borough — $25,000 to prepare a master site plan for the five-acre Fairchance Borough.
- Fayette County — $250,000 to rehabilitate three county park sites in Dunlap Creek Park, Uniontown City, Jacob’s Creek Park in Mount Pleasant Borough, and German Masontown Park in Masontown Borough. Improvements will include installation of play equipment, comfort stations, landscaping, signage, and ADA access.
- South Union Township — $260,000 to further develop the Sheepskin Train in South Union Township. Work will include construction of 2.1 miles of trail from Bailey Park to Hutchinson Park and construction of 1.9 miles of spur trail from the Sheepskin Trail to Fort Gaddis. Other improvements will include landscaping, signage and ADA access.
- DCNR Bureau of Forestry — $55,000 to further develop the JP Saylor and Lost Turkey Trail trailhead in Ogle Township. Work to include construction of of trailhead and comfort station, ADA access, landscaping, signage and other related site improvements.
- Somerset County — $129,000 for the development of the September 11th National Memorial Trail in Garrett Borough and Brothersvalley Township. Work to include the construction of approximately four miles of trail from the Garrett Great Allegheny Passage trailhead in Garrett Borough to the proposed alignment of SR 219 in Brothersvalley Township and a trailhead, ADA access, landscaping, signage and other related site improvements.
- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy — $231,700 toward the acquisition of approximately 385 acres along the Great Alleghany Passage in Black Township for open space, passive recreation and access to the Casselman River.
- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy — $76,800 toward the acquisition of approximately 48 acres in Upper Turkeyfoot Township for open space, passive recreation and access to the Casselman River.
- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy — $139,200 toward the acquisition of approximately 90 acres in Addison Township for open space, passive recreation and access to the Casselman River.
- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy — $44,700 for the development of the Whetzel Memorial Train in Confluence Township. Work will include construction of approximately 0.6 miles of trail from the River Road Great Allegheny Passage trailhead to a point overlooking Confluence Borough, ADA access, landscaping project, signage and other related site improvements.
- Westmoreland County — $70,000 toward the acquisition of approximately 28 acres located adjacent to Cedar Creek Part in Rostraver Township for park expansion and critical habitat.
CONTACT: Ben Wren (717) 787-7175