Harkins: $40,000 grant for Wesleyville park playground improvements

Will fund equipment, related upgrades at Memorial Park

ERIE, Nov. 14 – New playground equipment and related renovations are coming to Wesleyville’s Memorial Park, thanks to a $40,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today. 

“Safe, well-equipped playgrounds where kids can exercise and adults can socialize make a huge quality-of-life difference for stressed, busy parents and kids with energy to burn,” Harkins said. “Last year, Emory ‘Red’ Hinkler Park received a major facelift, but more of these green spaces are desperately needed. Now, thanks to this funding, similar amenities are on the horizon for families in the Memorial Park area.” 

Harkins said the grant – administered by DCNR through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program – will fund installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other site improvements.

The C2P2 program funds projects such as planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas, motorized and non-motorized trails, river conservation and access and conservation of open space.

More on the program is at https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants/Pages/default.aspx.