Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced on Tuesday (Nov. 20) an investment of $26.5 million for 198 projects across Pennsylvania that will revitalize communities, create new recreational opportunities, and conserve natural resources, according to a news release.
“Our parks are among the things that tie us all together – a place to meet for leisure, for entertainment, for recreation and for tourism,” Corbett said.
The governor made the announcement at Coleman Memorial Park in Lebanon.
“Many of the projects being funded – improvements to local parks, trails and river access – bring these amenities closer to home, requiring less driving and expense to experience,” Corbett said.
The grants fall under the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program. 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.
“This $26.5 million investment will leverage $43.2 million in local, county and private investments, giving every state dollar more power for the public good,” Corbett continued.
The grants will support a variety of proposals, including: 49 trail projects; protecting 3,238 acres of open space; and 79 projects to develop or rehabilitate recreation, park and conservation areas and facilities.