Braddock Borough awarded state funding for boat launch project

Grant will assist construction of kayak rack and signage

HARRISBURG, April 15 – A local organization that works to protect the trails and riverfronts of Allegheny County has been awarded a state grant through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission, according to state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny.

Friends of the Riverfront Inc. will be receiving $10,700 through the Boating Facility Grants program. The money will help fund the organization’s project to construct and install a kayak rack and wayfinding signage at the Braddock Borough boat launch site. This project will provide Braddock residents with their own canoe and kayak launch on the Monongahela River.

“I appreciate the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission approving this grant for the Friends of the Riverfront in Braddock. Once completed, this project will increase access to the Monongahela River and encourage residents to get out on the water,” Lee said. “After more than a year of staying home to lower the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19, we want residents to get outdoors and enjoy everything our area has to offer.”

Friends of the Riverfront Inc. has an agreement with Braddock Borough to lease the boat launch site, located near 11th Street. The total cost of the kayak rack and signage installation project is $22,000 and will be funded by this grant and donations to the Friends of the Riverfront organization.

As federal COVID-19 relief dollars continue to flow into Pennsylvania, Lee said she would continue to fight for continued investments in the community and for the residents of Braddock through the House Democrats’ PA Rescue Plan.