– Governor Tom
Corbett today announced that Pennsylvania will receive $1.37 million from the
federal Land and Water Conservation Fund for local park, outdoor recreation and
funds will be awarded through DCNR as part of our grant program that helps
local communities plan, acquire and develop parks and trails and conserve
natural areas,” Corbett said. “Providing opportunities for close-to-home
recreation is important to communities, to attracting businesses and workforce
retention, and to the health of our citizens.”
Pennsylvania has received almost $165 million in LWCF funds. LWCF dollars
require a 50:50 match, and help municipalities leverage additional funds to
acquire park land and improve recreational amenities.
1,500 local parks in Pennsylvania have received support through the fund.
projects in Pennsylvania supported by LWCF are:
City, Blair County: A $318,500 grant is leveraging 2.5 times that amount
for the development of the Juniata Memorial Park, including the construction of
a spray park and shade structures, and play equipment with required safety
York County: A $300,000 grant to develop Penn Park to include playground
equipment; a splash pad; rain garden; and pedestrian walkways.
and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure
access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations, and
to provide money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land,
water and wetlands for the benefit of all Americans. The primary source of
revenue for the Land and Water Conservation Fund is from federal oil and gas
leases on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Pennsylvania, the LWCF also helped to acquire and develop land for Pennsylvania's
extensive state park system.
information about DCNR’s grant program visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us and choose
“Recreation and Conservation” under “Quick Links.”
Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Novak, DCNR; 717-772-9101