HARRISBURG, November 14, 2018 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced state grants totaling $952,500 for six local environmental/recreational projects.

“I’m pleased that these state dollars will support local efforts to enhance parks and other recreational facilities,” Fontana said. “A sound environmental and recreational foundation is an essential part of a community’s appeal.”

The state grants are as follows:

  • Avalon Borough will receive $77,500 to rehabilitate the Avalon Community Park. Work will include renovating ballfields, dugouts and a track. They will also install pedestrian walkways, a bleacher and scoreboard;
  • Castle Shannon Borough will receive $185,000 to rehabilitate and further develop Hamilton Park. Workers will construct pedestrian walkways, an access drive retaining wall and other various landscaping and site improvements;
  • Coraopolis Borough will receive $200,000 to rehabilitate and further develop Riverfront Park. Workers will construct a gazebo, pavilion, playground equipment and parking area;
  • Pittsburgh will receive $40,000 to prepare a master site development plan for the 13-acre Kennard Park;
  • Pittsburgh will also receive $200,000 to rehabilitate and develop Townsend Parklet. Workers will repair a pedestrian walkway and basketball court, install play equipment, fencing, lighting and make other site improvements; and
  • The Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County will receive $250,000 to develop I-579 Cap Park. Workers will install a pedestrian walkway, event lawn, amphitheater, story wall, arbor, lighting and other utilities.

The funds were authorized by the state’s Community Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP), which provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofit organizations for the planning, acquisition and development of park recreation, conservation and greenways projects. The program is administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and is funded by several sources, including the Growing Greener Bond Fund.