Longietti: Funding awarded for improvements to South Pymatuning softball complex

HERMITAGE, Sept. 24 – A $70,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will help fund major improvements to South Pymatuning’s Regional Community Softball Complex, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today.

Longietti, D-Mercer, said the funding – awarded through DCNR’s 2020 Community Conservation Partnerships Program – will make the complex and surrounding area safer, more accessible and more useful to area residents.

“The funding awarded today is a great investment in a well-loved area resource and comes at an important time,” Longietti said. “Now more than ever, with the pandemic impacting household budgets and limiting recreational opportunities, families need safe outlets for healthy play – and something to cheer about.

“The improvements to the softball complex are going to bring more families to the park, make it accessible to more residents, improve the ballfields and expand play opportunities for younger siblings. It’s going to be exciting to see all the changes take shape.”

Longietti said that in addition to renovation of the ballfields, the project calls for construction of a parking area, pedestrian walkway, dugouts, bleachers, fencing, playground equipment with safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping, storm water management measures and other improvements.

The grant is part of a package of approximately $23.4 million in funding to 158 projects statewide. C2P2 grants fund planning, acquisition and development of public parks, recreation areas, motorized and non-motorized trails, river conservation and access and conservation of open space.

A complete list of funding awarded is available here and more information on C2P2 grants is available here.