Petrarca: $230,000 state grant will protect, preserve hiking trails

VANDERGRIFT, Nov. 14 – A $230,000 state grant will provide needed upgrades to area trails and encourage recreational opportunities for years to come, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today.

Petrarca said the grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was awarded to the Allegheny Ridge Corporation to assist with the development of new access and improvements to the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail, which runs through Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties.

“Making these needed improvements to the trail to provide additional access to hiking is a boon to our region,” said Petrarca. “It will encourage more participation in outdoor activities for residents and visitors alike.”

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found at the following link: