Cobbs Creek playground receives $250,000 state grant

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today announced a $250,000 grant will help provide needed updates and create a safer environment at the Cobbs Creek playground.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to assist with the renovations.

“The Cobbs Creek playground provides a fun multigenerational space for visitors and residents to play, exercise and congregate, which is crucial in maintaining a robust community,” McClinton said. “This funding will help build on that strong foundation by creating a safer recreational environment that everyone can enjoy, day or evening, in the years to come.”

The Cobbs Creek playground lacks the appropriate lighting that is necessary to provide a safe environment when the sun goes down. The city of Philadelphia will install six new lights and eight cameras to provide a safer experience for visitors to the park. The city also plans to install new play and exercise equipment, as well as develop a new nature play space in the park’s surrounding wooded area.

The total cost of the project is $300,000.

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking.