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Pittsburgh, Pa. − October 24, 2019 − Senator Lindsey M. Williams announced that Shaler Township and Pine Township have been awarded grant funding through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

Shaler Township has been awarded $350,000 for stream restoration and trail rehabilitation at Fawcett Fields Park. Currently, the park provides access to Shaler’s Children’s Fishing Area and the Eagle Canyon Nature Trail. The Children’s Fishing Area along Little Pine Creek is a designated area for children 12 and older to fish with an adult. This portion of the Creek is stocked in the spring by the Penn’s Woods West Trout Unlimited chapter.

Pine Township has been awarded $250,000 for the installation of a 5,200 square foot handicapped accessible splashpad at Pine Community Park. The splash pad will provide the opportunity for all individuals individuals in the community, including those with limited mobility, sensory issues, developmental delays, or other disabilities, to safely enjoy the water.

“The projects that Shaler and Pine Townships are undertaking are examples of the creative and impressive work our municipalities are doing,” said Senator Williams. “Residents are increasingly looking for outdoor recreation spots, especially ones that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The trail rehabilitation and stream restoration at the Children’s Fishing Area in Shaler and installation of a splash pad in Pine will both prove to be wonderful assets to the communities for years to come.”

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation mission is to build connections between citizens and the outdoors by providing funding and technical assistance support for local recreation and park improvement projects.