Delaware County Secures $370,439 in State Funding for Green Spaces and Recreation Projects

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DELAWARE COUNTY, PA — The 26th Senatorial District of Delaware County is set to receive an injection of $370,439 in state funding. This financial boost, announced by Senator Tim Kearney (D-Delaware), will support the development, rehabilitation, and improvement of public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails, and river conservation projects.

The funding, provided through the Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP), will be distributed among three recipients: The Delaware County Planning Department, Lansdowne Borough, and The Community’s Foundation.

“I’m always happy to advocate for more state investments to support the development and conservation of our local open spaces, greenways, trails, and parks,” said Senator Kearney. “This grant not only bolsters our community’s access to vibrant green spaces but also enhances recreational opportunities. It’s encouraging to know that collective efforts are being made to foster a healthier, more connected environment for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.”

The Delaware County Planning Department will receive $226,900 for the final design phase of the Darby Creek Trail Phase 2. Lansdowne Borough has been allocated $85,000 for field lighting at Hoffman Park. The Community’s Foundation will receive $58,539 to assist with the Edgewood Elementary School Inclusive Playground project.

The GTRP, established by Act 13 of 2012, allocates funds from the Marcellus Legacy Fund to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for the planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation, and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks, and beautification projects.

The significance of this funding extends beyond the immediate enhancement of local amenities. Green spaces are known to contribute to the physical and mental well-being of residents, providing venues for exercise, relaxation, and social interaction. Moreover, they enhance the aesthetic appeal of neighborhoods, which can boost property values and attract visitors, contributing to the local economy.

Furthermore, projects like the Darby Creek Trail Phase 2 and the Edgewood Elementary School Inclusive Playground demonstrate a commitment to inclusive design, ensuring that these spaces can be enjoyed by all members of the community.

As Delaware County moves forward with these projects, it is not just improving its parks and green spaces but also investing in the health, well-being, and social fabric of its communities. These initiatives are a strategic investment in public amenities and the role they play in building vibrant, connected, and healthy neighborhoods.

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