McClinton applauds nearly $171,000 in grant funding to improve local parks

In her ongoing effort to revitalize local outdoor spaces, state Rep. Joanna McClinton announced today that $170,947 in state grants is going to improve Cobbs Creek and Robert Wilson III parks in Philadelphia.

McClinton said this funding is part of the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program and will be distributed as follows:

  • $85,000 to extend the Cobbs Creek Trail to connect Cobbs Creek Park at Woodland Avenue to Wheeler Street, which will ultimately connect several communities with the trail; an environmental center; a historic cemetery; a revolutionary era landmark; and eventually two more recreation centers and a national wildlife refuge. 
  • $85,947 to update Robert Wilson III Park, also known as 61st and Baltimore Avenue Playground, which includes replacing the existing basketball court and player benches.

“Investing in our community parks and green spaces is a key step in providing our neighbors with safe places to spend time with their family and friends,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “These kinds of improvements will also offer our young people the incentive and opportunity to get outside and be productive as we head into the summer months.”

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development focused on fostering economic growth.

More information about these grants can be found on DCED’s website.