Sappey announces over $160K in DCNR grants for New Garden Township riparian buffers, open space preserves

CHESTER, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that $162,400 in two Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 2020 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants have been approved for acquisition of approximately 17.7 acres to be added to the Mill Race Preserve and the Chandler Woods Preserve in New Garden Township.

“In addition to increased open space, this grant funding will provide more parking and better access to trails in the area. This money comes at a time when we are seeing the use of our parks and open spaces increase 29% compared to last year, so these are welcome improvements,” Sappey said.

The $54,400 approved for Mill Race Preserve will expand existing township preserve space by 9.9 acres near the intersection of Auburn Road and Penn Green Road; the $108,000 approved for Chandler Woods Preserve will fund an expansion of 7.8 acres. Both projects include additional parking and riparian buffers.

The DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program is funded with state and federal sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails Fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund.

For more information, reach out to Sappey’s district office at 484-200-8264.