Bullock applauds $160,000 in state grants for the 195th Legislative District

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced a total of $168,965 in state grants are headed to the 195th Legislative District for greenways, trails, and recreation projects.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a $120,000 grant for the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to modernize half of the 8-mile long Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Trail by reconstructing and resurfacing trail segments; constructing ADA access points; landscaping; and providing erosion repair and control. In total, the project cost is $3,170,750.

“Currently, the trail has exposed tree roots that has destroyed portions of the path and the trail is in desperate need of modernization to make it more accessible for anyone who wants to enjoy it,” Bullock said. “I am pleased that city has been awarded this grant to keep this stretch of greenspace functional for residents to continue using it for various recreational activities.”

Bullock also noted that the Spring Garden Community Development Corporation was approved for a $48,965 grant to design outdoor venues, gardens and parks where residents can engage in healthy outdoor activities at the Waring School play yard.

Bullock added, “The school yard has a layer of asphalt that intensifies the heat, making it unbearable to enjoy outdoor activities during the summer months and this grant will allow the necessary changes to be made.”

The SGCDC plans to also design a central glass pavilion in the center of the Community Garden and a better shaded area at the Green Street Dog Park for the summer months. The total cost for this project is $167,869.

“In all, I applaud these entities for being awarded these grants that will fund projects to revamp and beautify many of our city’s heavily frequented outdoor recreations,” Bullock said. “These projects will also hopefully compel more Philadelphians and guests to indulge in more outdoor activities.”