Corman Announces $150,000 in State Funds for Centre County Recreation Area Development

(HARRISBURG) – A $150,000 state grant has been awarded to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to use toward purchasing land in Centre County for a recreation area that will provide public access to outdoor recreation opportunities, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) announced today.

“These funds will contribute to the vitality of our community by playing a significant role in creating an area for hiking, hunting and fishing,” Senator Corman said. “It’s important that we preserve our outdoor areas so we all have the opportunities to step away from our hectic lives and enjoy our region’s beautiful natural resources.”

Senator Corman said the grant was awarded to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) under its Greenways, Trails and Recreation Funding Program.

The Conservancy, which is dedicated to preserving green space plans to purchase about 263 acres of land adjacent to the Bald Eagle State Forest in Haines Township, Centre County. The property includes about a mile of frontage on Penns Creek, which is a trophy trout stream, and a one-mile stretch of abandoned rail corridor that is a key link between the Centre Region and the Susquehanna Valley. It also links both regions to the Mid-State Trail. The total cost of the project is about $1 million.

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