HARRISBURG PA – Five northern Chester County projects intended to conserve natural spaces or create new recreational opportunities received $828,400 in Pennsylvania grant money Friday (Oct. 6, 2023), 44th District state Sen. Katie Muth said. Benefiting were Spring City Borough, East Coventry and East Pikeland townships, and the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust.
The local projects were among 225 statewide. All received portions of $52.2 million distributed through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program.
Winning funding were:
- Spring City Borough, which received $100,000 to rehabilitate Brown Street Park. The project includes renovation of its parking area, building pedestrian walkways, installing play equipment with safety surfacing, Americans With Disabilities access, landscaping, signs, and related site improvements;
- East Coventry Township, which received $43,700 to help buy about 1.7 acres along Schoolhouse Road;
- East Pikeland Township, getting $25,000 to prepare a comprehensive park, open space, and stewardship plan; and
- The conservation trust, for two different proposals. The first was for $500,000 to help obtain a conservation easement on about 126.2 acres along Pughtown Road in East Vincent for critical habitat and open space protection. The second, for $159,700, will cover costs to install 4.5 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways and about 7 acres of meadows or upland trees in the French Creek Watershed.
The investments “will continue to improve the amazing parks and recreation opportunities in our district for residents of all ages,” Muth said. Funding for the grants comes in part from realty transfer taxes, the state Environmental Stewardship Fund, fees for all-terrain vehicles and snowmobile licenses, and federal money.
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