Blake Announces Nearly $900k in Conservation Grants for Lackawanna County Projects

SCRANTON, November 15, 2018 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced nearly $900,000 in state grants for five Lackawanna County projects that will upgrade local parks and enhance recreation opportunities.

The local funding was awarded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

“Our region has some of the finest parks and recreation opportunities in all of Pennsylvania and I applaud the Wolf Administration and DCNR officials for delivering state funding to these important Lackawanna County projects,” Blake said. “These state investments will allow our local municipalities to upgrade and improve community parks and trails that make positive impacts on the quality of life for area residents of all ages.”

The largest local grant was a $294,000 grant awarded to the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority to continue the development of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in the City of Scranton. The grant will fund the construction of 1.1 miles of trail from Parker St. to Boulevard Ave. and other related site improvements.

Jessup Borough received $250,000 for further development and upgrades to the popular Kids Korner Park. The grant will fund the construction of pedestrian walkways and parking area; the installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, fencing and lighting; ADA access and a number of other improvements.

Lackawanna County received $141,000 for the design work related to future development of nearly 4 miles of the North Pocono Trail from East Drinker St. in Dunmore to Elmhurst Township.

Fell Township received $110,000 the rehabilitation and further development of Jefferson Park. The grant will fund construction of pedestrian walkways, parking area, access drive, pavilion, trail and stormwater management measure. It will also fund the installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing and fencing.

Lastly, the Greater Carbondale YMCA received $99,000 for the construction of pedestrian walkways, parking area, stormwater management measures and a number of other related improvements at the YMCA Community Park.

The Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) is administered by DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide 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.

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