Two Chester County Recreational Opportunities Will Benefit from DCNR Grants

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EXTON, PA — State Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, announced that two projects in her district recently received grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and help with revitalization efforts.

Funding has been distributed as follows:

  • Natural Lands Trust: $93,000 for the further development of Bryn Coed Preserve to construct a pedestrian walkway, observation area, parking area and stormwater management measures, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  • West Vincent Township: $125,000 toward the acquisition of approximately 2.5 acres in West Vincent Township for access to the French Creek for fishing and recreation.

“Public parks and protected open spaces help us build resilient communities and improve our public health and quality of life,” said Otten, who serves as House chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Climate Caucus. “The preservation of natural lands and environmental conservation are at the forefront of the work we do. By making Bryn Coed Preserve and the French Creek more accessible, we can help to ensure that all members of our community are able to enjoy the beauty of Chester County. I am grateful to DCNR for this investment in conservation and recreation which will allow more residents to benefit from some of Chester County’s most beautiful and beloved spots!”

This funding comes from a $90 million grant round, which is the largest single investment in Pennsylvania recreation and conservation in agency history. Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the ATV/Snowmobile Fund generated through fees for licenses; and federal monies.

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A complete list of grants by county is available online here.

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