Rep. Kirkland announces nearly $100K in parks and recreation grants for local municipalities

CHESTER, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced two grants totaling $97,800 awarded to communities in his 159th Legislative District to be used toward parks and recreation improvements.

The grants are among dozens awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on Thursday through its Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

Within Kirkland’s district in Delaware County, $57,800 was awarded for rehabilitation and further development of Upland County Park in Upland, plus $40,000 to Upper Chichester Township to prepare a Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space Plan.

“This is outstanding news for both Upland Borough and Upper Chichester, as our local parks and recreation sites provide a necessary sense of community,” Kirkland said. “I’m glad both municipalities will benefit from this funding to improve and develop these spaces.”

At Upland County Park, the funding will help construct a seating of walls, pedestrian walkways, parking area and stormwater management measure, plus the installation of fitness stations and play equipment with required safety surfacing. Additionally, there are site improvements planned related to ADA access, landscaping and more.

The Community Conservation Partnerships Program assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found here.