HARRISBURG, PA — The Wolf Administration recently announced grant funding to rehabilitate two park sites in Chester County: John O. Green Memorial Park in West Chester, and Hershey’s Mill Dam Park in East Goshen Township. A total investment of $580,000 in these two projects will help the communities link natural resources to community revitalization and improve well-being for residents by increasing recreation opportunities in the county.
“Local parks improve the everyday lives of people of all places, ages, and backgrounds, while serving as a primary venue for outdoor recreation for Pennsylvanians,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are happy to assist these communities in Chester County create spaces where people can fish, cool off, and walk a trail. It’s great that parks also can help with soaking up stormwater during heavy rains.”
The $200,000 grant to West Chester for the rehabilitation of the John O. Green Memorial Park will include stormwater management measures that will help the Chester Creek watershed. The half-acre park is located at S. Matlack and E. Miner streets. It includes a play area and a water feature that people from all over the borough use in the summer to keep their children cool. The source of funding for the grant is the Keystone Fund, which is currently celebrating 25 years of supporting thousands of community improvements in Pennsylvania.
The $380,000 grant for the Hershey’s Mill Dam Park includes the construction of a fishing pond, a waterfront access area, waterfalls, trails and a parking area. The six-acre park is located on Greenhill Road. The investment is supported by the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). A key purpose of the LWCF Act is to help preserve, develop, and assure universal access to outdoor recreation facilities, and to provide recreation and strengthen the health of U.S. citizens in close to home venues.
In a letter to Congress, Governor Wolf urged support for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired at the end of September. The Governor noted that LWCF grants have improved thousands of communities throughout the commonwealth and have helped fund significant improvements in our award-winning state parks.
Through its grant program, DCNR has provided financial and technical assistance support for local park and recreation improvement projects in all 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties.
For more information about DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program grants, visit DCNR’s grants web page.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation And Natural Resources
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