Davis: Mon Valley recreation projects awarded more than $168,000 in grant funding

McKEESPORT, April 21 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that the cities of Clairton and Duquesne will receive a total of $168,394 in grant funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

The funding was awarded to the following:

  • $143,394 was awarded to the city of Clairton for the Clairton City Park Green Infrastructure. The project includes the design and construction of five rain gardens that will control stormwater runoff, reduce flooding and help protect water quality within the Peters Creek Watershed.

  • $25,000 was awarded to the city of Duquesne for the Polish Hill Playground Project. The project will replace old equipment with new playcenters, new swings and rubber safety surfacing. It also includes new benches, a trash receptacle and installing a drainage system.

“Parks are an important part of our communities,” Davis said. “Through this funding, the Polish Hill Playground will receive upgrades that make it a better and safer place for our children to play and Clairton City Park can address flooding issues through the addition of rain gardens. I support funding that improves our outdoor spaces, which makes them more enjoyable for residents in those communities.”

The grants were provided from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, which focuses on projects that involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails, and river conservation. The program is funded by a portion of the impact fees paid through the development of unconventional gas wells across Pennsylvania.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development focused on fostering economic growth.