HARRISBURG, October 25, 2018 – Senator Hughes thanked Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration following the announcement of a $200,000 grant that will fund a trail project in Whitemarsh Township.

The grant will support the construction of 1-mile of the multi-use Cross County Trail on a large conserved property known as the Erdenheim Farm. The project will include installation of retaining walls, drainage features, benches, and planting of more than 110 trees and shrubs. This segment will partially fill a gap on the trail that will connect the Schuylkill River Trail in Conshohocken and the Wissahickon Trail in Fort Washington State Park.

“Funding for this project will help beautify this recreational area and will give district residents more opportunity to enjoy nature,” Sen. Hughes said. “Thank you to Gov. Wolf and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn for investing in the district and other development projects around the state that work to make its natural beauty more accessible.”

Through its grant program, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has provided financial and technical assistance support for local park and recreation improvement projects in all 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties.

“Local parks and trails improve the everyday lives of people of all places, ages, and backgrounds, while serving as a primary venue for outdoor recreation for Pennsylvanians,” Adams Dunn said. “We are happy to assist these communities in Montgomery County create spaces where people can walk a trail, play outdoors, and enjoy nature close-to-home.”

In Pennsylvania, outdoor recreation generates $29.1 billion in consumer spending, $1.9 billion in state and local tax revenue, $8.6 billion in wages and salaries, and sustains 251,000 direct Pennsylvania jobs.

For more information about DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program grants visit www.dcnr.pa.gov and choose “Grants.”