Corman Announces $490,000 in Grants Awarded to Local Organizations for Recreation, Environmental Projects

(HARRISBURG) – Two municipalities and a conservation group in the 34th Senatorial District have been awarded $490,000 in Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) grants for local environmental and recreational projects, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

“The money is vital in encouraging the development of recreational sites and environmental preservation projects that improve the quality of life in our communities,” Corman said.  “At the same time, these projects help to encourage economic development and create jobs.”

The CCPP Program is administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources.

Grants are used to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.

“Projects like the Juniata River Trail and the Tri-Municipal Park are essential to providing our neighbors with space to enjoy the outdoors,” Corman said. “Providing the forest buffers will help keep our streams healthy without infringing on nearby land use.”

The following grants were awarded:

Lewistown Borough – $250,000 for the development of the Juniata River Trail, Mifflin County. The work will include building a trail from Victory Park to Chrystal Springs Avenue.

Centre Hall Borough – $190,000 for the development of Tri-Municipal Park in Potter Township, Centre County. The project will include the construction of parking areas, an access drive, walkways, sport fields, nature-play area and volleyball courts.

Clear Water Conservancy of Central PA – $50,000 to construct about 12 acres of forest buffers along the West Branch Susquehanna, Juniata and Susquehanna watershed in Centre, Huntingdon and Clinton counties.

CONTACT: Jennifer Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov