Kirkland announces $60,000 grant for Chester

CHESTER, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, today announced the city of Chester has been approved for a $60,000 grant through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

“Parks, trails and open spaces have been proven to be an important part of any city,” Kirkland said. “Trails and parks provide numerous benefits, including helping improve stormwater management while offering an avenue for residents to improve their physical wellbeing by providing needed access for recreation.”  

The grant will be used to design a section of the East Coast Greenway in Chester. Once developed, the trail will run along Highland Avenue from West Fourth Street to the Delaware River.

“The design of this trail will be vital to finding a way to attract more of our residents and neighbors to another bright spot in our city,” Kirkland said.

The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Recreation Trails Program; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; ATV Restricted Management Account; and the Snowmobile Restricted Management Account.