Krajewski announces $1.1M for recreation and community revitalization projects

HARRISBURG, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., today announced $1.1 million in Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants for projects in his district that will help create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities.

“I’m excited to share the news with my neighbors that our community is about to receive $1.1 million to develop the Kingsessing Recreation Center and add more community gardens,” Krajewski said. “Governor Wolf has prioritized funding for parks and open spaces, which is a priority that I share. This money means the Kingsessing Rec Center gets to have state of the art facilities for our children and ADA access so that every child has a chance to learn, grow and play together. It also means we get to have more community gardens, to grow our own food and help alleviate the food deserts and lack of accessible nutritious foods. These are big changes that better our communities, and I am happy to help bring this money back home.”

The grants approved allocate:

  • $900,000 for the Philadelphia City Treasurer Managing Directors Office to be used in the rehabilitation and further development of Kingsessing Recreation Center in Philadelphia. Work will include construction of pedestrian walkways, synthetic turf multi-sport fields and stormwater management measures; installation of backstops, bleachers, player seating, fencing, lighting and utilities; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  • $200,000 for the Neighborhood Gardens Trust to be used in the acquisition of three to five community gardens in West Philadelphia for neighborhood open space protection.

These grants are part of a $90 million single investment in Pennsylvania recreation and conservation and surpasses the previous record of $70 million in 2021. Under the Wolf administration, DCNR has awarded more than $430 million in grants to more than 2,300 projects across the commonwealth.

The grants are administered by the DCNR C2P2. Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the ATV/Snowmobile Fund generated through fees for licenses; and federal monies.

Visit the DCNR website for a complete list of grants by county.

For more information, contact Krajewski’s district office at (215) 724-2227.