More than $318,000 in Grant Funding Distributed to Area Outdoor Recreation Projects

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded more than $318,000 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grants to two projects located in Beaver and Lawrence counties, Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47) announced Tuesday.

Neshannock Township, Lawrence County, has received a $250,000 grant for repairs and upgrades to a community center located within Pearson Park.

“The current structure has fallen into disrepair and this project will repair the roof, install an ADA-accessible entrance and bathrooms, and update the kitchen, HVAC systems and wiring for a security system,” said Vogel. “Improving these community amenities will not only benefit current residents but also help to attract future residents and businesses looking for a great place to live and work.”

Also receiving a grant, of $68,676, is Big Beaver Borough, Beaver County, for a project to an ADA-compliant comfort station and an extra-wide walking trail as part of the first phase of improvements to the Big Beaver Community Park. Included in the work will be the creation of a parking lot that will extend from the trail to the comfort station.

“The trail will expand the system of trails in the borough and will improve the ease of access to the facilities contained at the site,” Vogel said. “The completed project will increase the year-round accessibility and usage of the Big Beaver Community Park for residents and visitors alike.”

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund from which funds, derived from fees paid by natural gas producers, are allocated to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for various programs including the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.

CONTACT: Heather Burke    hburke@pasen.gov