PITTSBURGH, November 14, 2018 – Today, Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. announced the award of nearly $700,000 in grants for community conservation projects in the 43rd Senatorial District.

“These grants are a worthwhile investment to protect our natural resources, and one that requires partnership between the state and local entities,” said Senator Costa. “These grants will go a long way to helping local governments and nonprofits take care of our parks, and develop new places for recreation, conservation and greenways.”

These grants are part of the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP), administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and were instituted to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits in their conservation work.

The entities receiving awards in Senator Costa’s district include:

  • $32,500 for Chatham University to prepare a Master Site Development Plan
  • $160,000 for Pennsylvania Environmental Council to prepare a riverfront plan for the 178 acre Hazelwood Green site
  • $250,000 for the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to rehabilitate and further development Schenley Park
  • $250,000 for the Sports and Exhibition Authority to develop I-579 Cap Park to construct pedestrian walkways, event lawn, and amphitheater

Funding for these grants comes from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources.