Frankel announces $250,000 grant for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

State funding awarded through DCNR grant program

OAKLAND, Dec. 30 -- State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced Thursday $250,000 in funding for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens through a state grant program.

Phipps will use the money to help support the rehabilitation project of the Phipps Garden Center at Mellon Park. The project will include replacing the roof and making mechanical upgrades, restoring greenhouse roof glass, installing solar panels and shade structures and making the center ADA accessible, as well as landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

“On any day, in any weather, you can walk through Mellon Park and see that it is vital to our community. Neighbors meet there to exercise, work, eat and play,” Frankel said. “I look forward to seeing these changes enhance a beloved asset so that all can enjoy it.”

The funding was granted through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, an initiative administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Its goal is to support recreation and conservation organizations with projects related to parks, recreation and conservation.

More than 300 projects across the commonwealth received grants through this grant program. Additional information about these grants and the DCNR can be found here.