Governor Wolf Announces Investment to Improve Recreation, Community Revitalization at 266 Sites Across Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced an investment of $44 million for 266 projects across Pennsylvania that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities.

“Communities go from good to great when they provide residents and visitors with parks and trails, access to waterways, and opportunities for healthy outdoor activity,” Governor Wolf said. “This $44 million in grants will support communities throughout Pennsylvania working to protect and improve natural amenities for our citizens.”

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined officials from the City of Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority at an event adjacent to the Hays Woods property to highlight the grants in Allegheny County.

The URA was approved for an $800,000 grant to assist with the acquisition of the 563-acre property that will eventually be turned over to the city for its second largest park for enjoyment and recreation.

“Parks nearby are the places where our kids play; that make our urban neighborhoods beautiful and attractive to homeowners; where we gather to build community; and they help attract the businesses that provide jobs,” Dunn said. “It’s fantastic to be able to protect a sizable amount of open space in this dense urban area.”

Dunn was joined today at the event by Urban Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Robert Rubinstein and other state and local officials.

“The URA is excited to play a role in protecting and preserving this important ecological treasure for future generations of Pittsburghers to enjoy,” Rubinstein told the gathering.

Other Allegheny County grant recipients are:

  • Allegheny County, $175,000, for the rehabilitation of South Park;
  • Allegheny Land Trust, $148,600, development of Dead Man’s Hollow Trail System in Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area;
  • Allegheny Land Trust, $273,450, payment toward the acquisition of approximately 76.87 acres in Bell Acres, Franklin Park and Sewickley Heights boroughs, Allegheny County and Economy Borough, Beaver County;
  • Bell Acres Borough, $50,000, prepare a conservation and stewardship plan for the Big Sewickley Creek Watershed;
  • Brentwood Borough, $100,000, rehabilitation of Brentwood Pool, Brentwood Borough;
  • Coraopolis Borough, $55,000, rehabilitation of Shelley Y. Jones Memorial Park;
  • Duquesne City, $17,800, prepare a Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space Plan;
  • Emsworth Borough, $99,000, rehabilitation of Marmo Park;
  • Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, $50,000, construction of approximately 16 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways in the Saw Mill Run Watershed;
  • Hollow Oak Land Trust, $265,800, development of the Montour Woods Greenway in Moon Township;
  • Pittsburgh City, $80,000, prepare Master Site Development Plans for the approximately 257-acre Emerald View Park;
  • Pittsburgh City, $500,000, rehabilitation and further development of Wightman Park;
  • Richland Township, $250,000, rehabilitation and further development of Richland Park;
  • Ross Township, $125,000, rehabilitation of Denny Park;
  • Upper St. Clair Township, $300,000, development of Morton Complex/Community Gardens Connection Perimeter Trail in Boyce Mayview Park;
  • West Mifflin Borough, $20,000, prepare a comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space Plan;
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, $53,650, payment toward acquisition of approximately 61.8 acres in Kilbuck Township, for an addition to Toms Run Nature Reserve and open space protection;
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, $75,000, development of Toms Run Nature Reserve Trail System in Kilbuck and Ohio townships;
  • Whitehall Borough, $30,000, prepare an update to the Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space and Greenway Plan.

Additionally, more than $2.36 million is being provided to Heritage Areas for projects including advancing river and trail towns, closing gaps in Pennsylvanian’s destination trails, developing heritage tourism initiatives, improving educational and interpretative signage, and planning and marketing heritage tourism events.

The grants are administered by DCNR through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. Additional investments include: 49 trail projects; protecting nearly 8,000 acres of open space; nine projects for planting riparian buffers along streams; 14 projects for rivers conservation; and over 100 projects to develop or rehabilitate recreation, park and conservation areas and facilities. A complete list is available on the DCNR website at www.dcnr.pa.gov under Hot Topics.