Harrisburg – State Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) said today that the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has approved grants for the development of trails and parks in Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties.
“Trails and parks are a great way to promote outdoor activity and an appreciation of our natural environment, and can bring the community together for a fun activity,” said Stefano. “It is important that the state returns these tax dollars to our communities to help pay for projects that enhance the quality of life.”
In Fayette County, $622,100 was awarded for the development of the Sheepskin Trail in Spring Hill Township, Fayette County. Work will include construction of approximately 3.5 miles of trail from State Route 119 to Lake Lynn Road and fencing. The project will include ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
In Somerset County, $270,000 was awarded for the development of the September 11th National Memorial Trail in Garrett Borough and Brothersvalley Township. Work will include construction of approximately 1.5 miles of trail from the Great Allegheny Passage trailhead in Garret Borough to the proposed alignment of State Route 219 in Brothersvalley Township. The project will also include a trailhead, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
In Westmoreland County, Rostraver Township received $202,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of DiVirgilio Sports Complex. Work will include renovation of dugouts; construction of a pavilion, retaining wall, trail, pedestrian walkways and bridge; installation of fitness equipment with required safety surfacing, fencing and bleachers; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
Also in Westmoreland County, Scottdale Borough was awarded $29,900 for the rehabilitation and further development of Pittsburgh Street Park. Work will include construction of a parking area; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
Grants are provided to assist with the construction, renovation and maintenance of trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trails, the purchase or lease of equipment for trail maintenance and construction, and the development of educational materials and programs. Community Recreation & Conservation Planning Grants funds projects for acquisition and development of parks, recreational facilities, critical habitat, open space, natural areas, greenways and river/watershed corridors.
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