Petrarca: $500,000 awarded to Derry Township Municipal Authority

HARRISBURG, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Joe Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, today announced that the Derry Township Municipal Authority was awarded a $500,000 Community Conservation Partnership Program grant to be used for the development of a recreational trail in Westmoreland County.

The grant, awarded through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will fund the development of the Loyalhanna Trail. The trail is expected to run through multiple townships – Derry and Salem – and New Alexandria Borough.

“I’m happy to announce this funding,” Petrarca said. “This grant money will allow for the development of a trail that will connect two local parks and give residents an outlet to explore the wonderful scenery encompassed by the 55th Legislative District.”

Petrarca said the grant money will fund the construction of approximately 3.8 miles of trail from New Alexandria Borough Municipal Park to Keystone State Park; two trailheads and seven bridges; ADA access; landscaping; a project sign; and other site-related improvements.

“A lot of individuals at the local level worked extremely hard to make this grant and project come to fruition, and I’m happy to say I was fortunate enough to play a part in securing this funding,” Petrarca said. “The benefits from this project will be felt across the 55th Legislative District for years to come.”

The DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program provides grants to local governments and recreation and conservation organizations for projects related to parks, recreation and conservation.