Hanbidge announces over $1.46M awarded in local grants from DCNR

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, today announced several Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grants have been awarded to townships across the 61st District in Montgomery County.

Recipients of DCNR grants in Hanbidge’s district are:

  • Whitpain Township – $1.43 million to develop amenities and enhance accessibility at Wissahickon Park.

    Revitalization efforts at the Wissahickon Park will include the construction of a pavilion, comfort station, parking areas, walkways and plaza paving; construction of volleyball, bocce and horseshoe courts; installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing, site amenities, ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements. 

  • Towamencin Township – $25,000 to prepare a master site development plan for the Veterans Memorial Park.

    Last year, Towamencin Township’s Veterans Committee held a dedication ceremony formally designating 11 acres of open space off of Allentown Road just west of Forty Foot Road – including the Tennis-Lukens cemetery, home to burial sites of several Revolutionary War-era soldiers – as the site for a future park to honor local veterans. Currently, the site has no sidewalks or trails leading into the cemetery. Future upgrades could include paths or sidewalk from the nearby Towamencin Village Shopping Center, memorials commemorating the many veterans buried nearby and monuments recognizing other famous events that took place in the area – including General George Washington’s retreat through the area after the Battle of Brandywine in 1777.

  • Upper Gwynedd Township – $15,000 to prepare a trail feasibility study for further development of the PECO Power Line Trails.

    This investment in Upper Gwynedd Township is among 37 grants awarded statewide – totalling approximately $11.2 million – for trail projects including planning, construction and rehabilitation in pursuit of DCNR’s goal to ensure trail access to every Pennsylvanian. The proposed 6-mile expansion in Upper Gwynedd – from Morris Road to Welsh Road – would provide a key link between the existing Power Line Trails in Montgomery County, including the
    Green Ribbon Trail and, ultimately, the 202 Parkway Trail.

“These proposals would greatly enhance outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy even more of our community’s natural spaces,” Hanbidge said. “I am delighted that the state has recognized this need and provided our community with the financial support to make these plans a reality.”

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks.

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, which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails fund (federal source); Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; RFB - Pennvest; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund. More information about the Recreation and Conservation grant program can be found here.

For more information, those interested can contact Hanbidge’s office at (610) 277-3230.