Schlossberg announces funding for recreation improvements in Lehigh County

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today announced more than $350,000 in grants was awarded for recreation improvements in Lehigh County.

The grant program is administered through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for projects across Pennsylvania. The development of Jordan Park Skate Park in Allentown was awarded $300,000 while the Wildlands Conservancy in Lehigh and Northampton counties was awarded $52,000.

“Our region has some of the best recreation spaces people could ask for,” Schlossberg said. “This does not happen by accident. It takes vision, planning, and committed partners. I am proud of the work local partners are doing to create these spaces in the Lehigh Valley to ensure they are available for future generations and I am happy to see Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to support these efforts.” 

The funding for the Jordan Park Skate Park will be used for construction of a skate park, pedestrian walkways, storm water management, fencing, landscaping and other related site improvements. The funding for Wildlands Conservancy will be used for construction of approximately 15 acres of riparian forest buffers along the waterways in the Delaware River Watershed.

Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the ATV/Snowmobile Fund license fees and federal monies including the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

More than $50 million was awarded to 280 different projects across Pennsylvania. A complete list of recipients is available on the DCNR website.