Thursday, November 8, 2018

DCNR, Local Officials Announce $1.9 Million In Funding For Philadelphia Park, Trail Projects

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Thursday visited Canal View Park, Manayunk, to announce the investment of $1.9 million in 7 local park and trail projects in Philadelphia, including the Schuylkill River Trail.
“Philadelphia understands the value of its parks, trails, and green spaces throughout the city. Recreation takes many forms in this city, from this wonderful “spine” we are standing on that connects neighborhoods, to the pockets of green spaces throughout the city that provide walkable access to recreation,” Dunn said. “We are proud to be a partner with the city in helping them reach their recreation and conservation goals and providing a better quality of life for their residents.”
The Manayunk Towpath project will receive a $300,000 grant for lighting, landscaping, stormwater management, and other site improvements to enhance the connection between the historic towpath and Manayunk neighborhoods to focus on the area’s economic and cultural heritage, energize local businesses, and to build heritage-based tourism.
The six additional grants awarded by the administration to the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation include:
-- Century Park, a large plaza-type park area in the museum district, $300,000 for work to include construction of pedestrian walkways, plaza, fountain and parking area; installation of lighting and utilities; ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related improvements
-- East Fairmount Park Smith Memorial Playground, a park designed especially for the city’s younger children (10 and younger), $250,000 for work to include construction of pedestrian walkways, nature play area, and a parking area
-- Russo Park, a traditional neighborhood park in Northeast Philadelphia, $250,000 for work to include construction of pedestrian walkways and basketball courts; installation of fitness station equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements
-- Schuylkill River Trail Christian to Crescent segment, $500,000 for construction a new 0.4-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail at Grays Ferry, with an exciting new cable-stay boardwalk design
-- Schuylkill River Trail River Wall, $200,000 to make structural improvements to the river wall along the Schuylkill River Trail on Kelly Drive, near the viewing stands for rowing events
-- Schuylkill River Trail Wissahickon Gateway acquisition, $100,000 toward the acquisition of approximately 0.13 acres in Philadelphia to improve trail access and safety at a busy trail junction that coincides with a busy SEPTA transportation center. This acquisition will help to close a Top Ten Trail Gap.
"We are fortunate to have the ongoing and generous support of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources," said Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. "Their support enables us to transform public spaces throughout the city, connect neighbors and neighborhoods, and elevate the quality of recreational opportunities available to Philadelphians."
The investments are supported by the Keystone Fund, which is currently celebrating 25 years of supporting thousands of community improvements in Pennsylvania.
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.
DCNR Grant Workshops
To learn more about other available grant opportunities to support trail and recreation projects, attend one of the upcoming workshops on DCNR’s Community Conservation Grant Program.  Click Here for more.
          A new grant round is opening soon.
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