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Rep. McNeill: $60,000 in state funding for Whitehall Parkway Pavilion

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WHITEHALL, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced $60,000 in funding has been awarded to Whitehall Township to construct a Whitehall Parkway Pavilion through the state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. The project will consist of installing a pre-engineered open-air pavilion with restrooms and concession areas in Whitehall Parkway. “This project is an important part of Lehigh Valley’s recreational and tourism attractions, which host many visitors throughout the year,” McNeill said. Mc Neill said the Whitehall Parkway is a 110-acre park near the center of the township. Total project cost is $132,088. The grant is administered by state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

Harris announces CFA grant for Neighborhood Gardens Trust

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Highlighting the public benefit of shared community space, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., announced a Commonwealth Financing Authority grant for the Neighborhood Gardens Trust to renovate its Concert Garden. Read more

 

Petrarca announces nearly $234,000 in state funds to improve, repair recreational facility and parks

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca today announced approximately $233,639 in state funds have been awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support three recreational projects in Westmoreland County. The three projects in Westmoreland County will receive the following CFA funds: $165,313 will be used to make a variety of improvements to the Joseph A. Petrarca Memorial Pool in Vandergrift Borough (named in honor of Petrarca’s father), including replacement of the pool’s liner, the installation of a boiler system, and rerouting of a natural spring away from the pool grounds to reduce mosquito infestation in the area. $39,038 for improvements to the Bradenville Playground in Derry Township , including repair and replacement of old, rusted and pitted equipment and installation of an ADA-compliant playset and safety surface features. $29,288 to be used to purchase and install playground equipment at Cooperstown Park in Derry Township for children ages 2 through 12. “I’m pleased to support these projects and worked really hard to make them a reality, which will provide much-needed improvements and enhancements to our recreational facilities in Westmoreland County,” said Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. “Part of what makes a community a great place to live is ensuring that residents and their families have places to relax and spend time together, and these Read more

 

Webster announces grant totaling more than $160,000 for West Norriton Township

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State Rep. Joe Webster announced a Commonwealth Financing Authority grant totaling $164,774 was approved today for a project in Montgomery County. Read more

 

Conklin: Nearly $67,000 in state grants awarded toward equipment, related upgrades to Rush Township park

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – Approximately $66,328 in state funds have been awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to Rush Township in Centre County to make needed upgrades to its municipal park, announced state Rep. Scott Conklin. Conklin, D-Centre, said the funds will allow the township to replace deteriorated equipment, install new picnic tables, bike racks and fencing and correct ADA-accessibility issues at the Rush Township Municipal Park. He added the funds will also allow the construction of accessible parking spaces with adjacent walkways and a walking trail. “These parks are special places in our communities and providing this investment to restore and preserve them is a vital quality of life issue,” said Conklin. “These funds will ensure that our parks are safe, enjoyable places for all to enjoy, including individuals with disabilities.” The CFA provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses and communities succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. To learn more about the CFA, visit its website . Read more

 

Rep. Warren, Sen. Santarsiero announce grants totaling $377,000 for flood mitigation, economic development

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State Rep. Perry Warren and state Sen. Steve Santarsiero announced the approval of grants totaling $377,000 by the Commonwealth Financing Authority today. Read more

 

Deasy: $175,000 in state funding awarded to Crafton Borough for park improvement project

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – A $175,000 state grant earmarked for a park rehabilitation project was awarded Tuesday to Crafton Borough, announced state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny. Deasy said the funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and funded through the state’s Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program. “The funding awarded today falls in unison with the commitment by Crafton Borough to follow a comprehensive plan to improve their community parks to ensure the safety of children,” Deasy said. “This grant money will help the borough accomplish this initiative, and I look forward to seeing the benefits of this funding in the near future.” Deasy said the funding will go toward playground improvements at Crafton Park, which includes the installation of a modern safety surface for the playground area, consisting of interlocking rubberized tiles that reduce the risk of injury from falls around playground equipment. 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. Read more

 

Ciresi announces over $120K approved for Royersford’s Victory Park

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced that a $120,000 grant has been awarded to construct ADA improvements at Royersford’s Victory Park. “Exciting changes are underway in Royersford, with new businesses popping up regularly,” Ciresi said. “This grant award will improve the borough’s largest recreational resource – Victory Park. These overdue improvements will create a truly integrated and accessible site that will provide safe and comfortable recreation for years to come.” The $120,000 grant will support improvements at Victory Park in Royersford Borough, Montgomery County, which currently has no ADA-accessible facilities. The project includes the construction of an ADA-accessible playground, pathways to connect the park’s facilities, accessible parking spaces, improved signage, and other upgrades such as benches and trash receptacles. Ciresi said the project also addresses residents’ safety concerns by installing safety fencing along the park’s busy 2nd Avenue entrance. Additionally, this project improves the park’s environmental sustainability by installing native landscaping and rain gardens to improve water quality of the runoff into the nearby Schuylkill River. The total cost of this project is $448,500. Additional information is available by contacting Ciresi’s district office at 484-200-8265. Read more

 

Sappey, Dinniman announce nearly $740,000 for environmental projects

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State Rep. Christina Sappey and state Sen. Andy Dinniman announced nearly $740,000 in state funding to support four greenways, trails and watershed reclamation projects in Chester County. Read more

 

DeLuca: More than $450,000 awarded to 32nd Legislative District for park improvement projects

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State funding totaling a combined $454,410 was awarded Tuesday to Verona Borough, Penn Hills and Plum Borough for park beautification projects, announced state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny. DeLuca said the funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and funded through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. “Enhancing public places like parks is key to continuing the beautification efforts here in the 32 nd Legislative District,” DeLuca said. “The substantial funding awarded today will be reflected in our park areas in the near future, and I’m excited to see residents enjoying the enhancements for years to come.” DeLuca said Verona Borough was awarded $200,000 for the construction of a new pavilion at Cribb’s Field. The project will include the demolition of the existing pavilion and the construction of a new one. DeLuca said the new pavilion will include concessions, restrooms and ADA access from the pavilion to the road. Penn Hills was granted $104,410 for upgrades to Penn Hills Park. DeLuca said the funding will be used to replace the Maple and Red Oak pavilions, which have drainage, roof and concrete issues. DeLuca said the project will increase pavilion capacity and include prefabricated, all-steel basic gable end shelters. Plum Borough received $150,000 for the rehabilitation of Logan’s Ferry Park. DeLuca said the Read more

 

McCarter announces $90,000 grant for Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel to implement stormwater management structures in Cheltenham Township

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today announced that Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel has been awarded a $90,000 state grant to implement stormwater management structures in Cheltenham Township. “This grant will benefit our local waterways by reducing both the velocity of the water and the number of pollutants running into the creek,” McCarter said. The $90,000 grant was awarded Monday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over funding programs and investments that benefit Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. The CFA provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. The grant awarded to Cheltenham Township is from CFA’s Watershed Restoration Protection Program. The total cost of the project is $106,000. Reform Congregation Keneseth lsrael is located in the Tookanyffacony-Frankford watershed, which has local stream-water quality impairments caused by uncontrolled urban runoff. The proposed Read more

 

McCarter announces $75,000 grant for Jenkintown Borough to develop Cedar Street Park

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today announced that Jenkintown Borough was awarded a $75,000 state grant to help create a pocket park on Cedar Street. “This park will be an oasis for the Cedar Street neighborhood,” McCarter said. “It will help foster community by providing the young and old a place to relax, exercise and play.” The $75,000 grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. The CFA provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. The grant awarded to Jenkintown Borough focuses on greenways, trails and recreation. The total cost of the project is $283,222. It will transform 36 acres of land on Cedar Streel into an attractive pocket park to provide the residents and visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy nature within the context of their close-knit neighborhood. Jenkintown Borough Read more

 

Freeman announces $70,000 grant awarded to Lafayette College greenways project

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced $70,000 in state funding has been awarded to Lafayette College for its greenways study project. The grant, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will allow Lafayette College to complete a 10-month study to analyze and design options for the development of trails, parks, and surrounding greenways along the Bushkill corridor in Easton. “This grant will play a vital role in creating new trails, parks, and green space for the local community and visitors alike to use and enjoy,” said Freeman. “This greenway project will enhance the quality of life in the Easton area and will build upon the success of the wonderful natural resource that is the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.” The project is a collaboration between Lafayette College, the Karl Stirner Arts Trail Inc., and the city of Easton to transform the former Easton Iron Works and Metal Co. site into usable and thriving public space. The total cost of the project is $82,760. Read more

 

Longietti, Brooks: $225,000 in state grants will help connect Mercer County residents to recreational activities, amenities

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HERMITAGE – Sept. 17. Two state grants totaling $225,000 will help fund projects to construct and rehabilitate pedestrian trails in Hermitage and extend an existing bike trail to connect sections of Greenville to the athletic complex in neighboring West Salem Township, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, R-Crawford/Mercer/Erie/Warren, announced today. “I’m thrilled that we were successful in our efforts to obtain these grants,” Longietti said. “Quality of life for residents depends on having easy access to recreational facilities and other community amenities. The grants announced today will lay the groundwork for projects to extend existing trails and create new ones that will bring residents together and help them better enjoy all the activities our community has to offer.” Brooks agreed, saying, “I appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with the city of Hermitage and the local community in moving forward the Town Center project, which has the potential to be truly innovative and transformative.” Regarding the bike trail project, she added, “Like the Hermitage Town Square project and its goal to enhance interconnectivity, it is my hope that this funding will promote greater connectivity within the businesses of Greenville’s downtown area, the Thiel College campus, and the athletic fields and recreational areas in our beautiful community.” The Read more

 

Matzie: More than $104,000 in state grants to fund new equipment for Beaver County parks

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AMBRIDGE, Sept. 17 – State grants totaling $104,658 will fund new playground and recreational equipment for families visiting Beaver County parks, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the grants – awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and funded through the state’s Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program – will help finance the replacement of outdated equipment and installation of safety surfaces at parks in Harmony Township and Baden Borough. “Meaningful places for kids and families to play and interact are incredibly important,” Matzie said. “Beyond providing opportunities for fresh air and exercise, our parks are special places where kids make friendships and adults build bonds. They’re places that bring us together as a community to discover common ground and create memories. Investments that preserve and restore these special places yield returns for years to come.” Matzie said the funding is provided in two separate grants, with the details as follows: $62,158 to Harmony Township to purchase new play and fitness equipment – including climbers, spinner and rocker equipment, fitness equipment for adults and a picnic shelter – at three parks. The total project cost is $73,315. The township plans to use municipal labor to install the new equipment to limit the amount of the grant request. $42,500 to Read more

 

Bipartisan, bicameral legislators join call for quick, strong advancement of methane rules in face of federal rollbacks

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – A bipartisan group of state legislators joined environmental organizations today to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to advance a crucial state Department of Environmental Protection rule to cut methane pollution from the natural gas industry. The legislators urged the governor to act on his 2016 plan now, in the face of proposed rollbacks of federal methane standards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Controls that Wolf’s administration already emplaced cover new oil and gas drilling technology. The lawmakers said they also want Wolf to enact standards that cover methane emissions on existing sources of infrastructure used for natural gas development. “The climate crisis is urgent, and targeting infrastructure that has been polluting Pennsylvania for nearly a decade is necessary to protect clean air – especially as the Trump administration moves in the opposite direction,” said Rep. Steve McCarter, D- Montgomery . Recent analysis by Environmental Defense Fund found that methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry, the second largest in the nation, are five times higher than what is reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection – a staggering 520,000 tons of methane every year. “Gov. Wolf stood with us in July as we announced the state’s entry into the U.S. Climate Alliance and pointed to methane reduction as one of the solutions. Pennsylvania needed Read more

 

Harkins: $190,000 grant to fund improvements to McClelland Park

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ERIE, Sept. 17 – New walkways and structures will allow Erie residents to more fully enjoy a popular community park, thanks to a $190,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today. Harkins said the grant to McClelland Park will fund multiple improvements, including the installation of an ADA-accessible land bridge to be constructed across a stream in the park’s eastern section, the construction of a 240-foot boardwalk to improve accessibility over wet ground, and the addition of two gazebos, two pavilions and signage. “I’m thrilled about this funding,” said Harkins. “McClelland Park is a very special place in our community – one that brings residents together to socialize, to exercise and to forge friendships. By funding new structures and creating easier access to park areas that were difficult to navigate, the grant will allow visitors to enjoy this special place from a new perspective.” Harkins noted that the funding was awarded by CFA under the state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. The total project cost is $201,358, and the city will use the $82,671 land value as match. More information about the CFA is available at the agency’s website . Read more

 

Isaacson: $175,000 awarded to local project

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced that $175,000 in funding has been awarded to help Delaware River Waterfront Corp. with a local project. The $175,000 grant was given for improvements to the Beach Street Trail located in Philadelphia. “I am glad to see this money come to the district to help improve the Delaware River Trail and recreation for residents,” Isaacson said. “I hope the Riverwards community and neighbors will get more use out of this area once the project is complete and further enjoy all that the waterfront has to offer.” The project will include the acquisition of 2.7 acres of property adjacent to the Delaware River in Fishtown, as well as a 1/3-mile extension to the multi-modal Delaware River Trail. This segment of the trail will also connect other segments of the Delaware River Trail via Richmond, Beach and Cumberland streets. The total project cost is estimated to be $4.3 million. The funds were awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Read more

 

Shusterman returns to Harrisburg today, outlines legislative priorities

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State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, returns to Harrisburg today to start the post-budget legislative session. Earlier this year, which was Shusterman’s first time in session, she introduced five bills and two resolutions , and co-sponsored 91 bills and 37 resolutions. Her resolution declaring March 21 as “Rosie the Riveter Day” in Pennsylvania was adopted by the House unanimously. Shusterman also serves in the following roles: secretary of the House Judiciary Committee. Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Caucus co-chair. Democratic chairwoman of the House Travel and Tourism Committee’s Subcommittee on Arts and Entertainment. Aging and Older Adult Services Committee member. Additionally, Shusterman is deputy whip for the House Democratic Caucus. Shusterman was the first freshman legislator to earn this title. “Today is the first day back in session since we passed the budget on June 28th,” Shusterman said. “I’m ready to hit the ground running and continue to fight for the issues my district is most passionate about.” Prior to the start of today’s legislative session, Shusterman spoke at a Moms Demand Action rally, emphasizing the need for Extreme Risk Protection Order laws to prevent suicides. Shusterman said in the coming weeks, she plans on introducing three bills that would increase firearm Read more

 

Markosek: $200,000 in funding awarded to North Versailles Township, Plum Borough for park improvement projects

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State grants totaling a combined $200,000 were awarded Tuesday to North Versailles Township and Plum Borough, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. Markosek said the funding – awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and funded through the state’s Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program – will help finance park improvements in both areas. “Today, both North Versailles and Plum received substantial funding for beautification efforts at two parks heavily trafficked by residents in the 25 th Legislative District,” Markosek said. “I’d like to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this funding, and I look forward to the park improvements that will follow this disbursement.” Markosek said $50,000 was awarded to North Versailles for light installation at Crestas Terrace Park and one of its baseball fields. Seven lights, poles and fixtures will be installed, Markosek said. He said the installation at the field and along the park’s main pathway will allow for more games to be held and the hosting of large tournaments. Plum Borough received $150,000 for the rehabilitation of Logan’s Ferry Park. Markosek said the project will focus on a new play area, as well as improvements to an existing parking area and basketball court. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department Read more

 

Rep. McNeill: $60,000 in state funding for Whitehall Parkway Pavilion
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Harris announces CFA grant for Neighborhood Gardens Trust
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Petrarca announces nearly $234,000 in state funds to improve, repair recreational facility and parks
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Webster announces grant totaling more than $160,000 for West Norriton Township
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Conklin: Nearly $67,000 in state grants awarded toward equipment, related upgrades to Rush Township park
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Rep. Warren, Sen. Santarsiero announce grants totaling $377,000 for flood mitigation, economic development
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Deasy: $175,000 in state funding awarded to Crafton Borough for park improvement project
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Ciresi announces over $120K approved for Royersford’s Victory Park
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Sappey, Dinniman announce nearly $740,000 for environmental projects
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DeLuca: More than $450,000 awarded to 32nd Legislative District for park improvement projects
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McCarter announces $90,000 grant for Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel to implement stormwater management structures in Cheltenham Township
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McCarter announces $75,000 grant for Jenkintown Borough to develop Cedar Street Park
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Freeman announces $70,000 grant awarded to Lafayette College greenways project
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Longietti, Brooks: $225,000 in state grants will help connect Mercer County residents to recreational activities, amenities
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Matzie: More than $104,000 in state grants to fund new equipment for Beaver County parks
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Bipartisan, bicameral legislators join call for quick, strong advancement of methane rules in face of federal rollbacks
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Harkins: $190,000 grant to fund improvements to McClelland Park
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Isaacson: $175,000 awarded to local project
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Shusterman returns to Harrisburg today, outlines legislative priorities
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Markosek: $200,000 in funding awarded to North Versailles Township, Plum Borough for park improvement projects
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