Reps. Caltagirone and Rozzi, Sen. Schwank announce more than $250,000 in grant money for Berks County

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi and Sen. Judy Schwank announced $252,821 in grant funding has been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support recreation improvement efforts in Berks County.

CFA approved grants for:

  • Reading Skatepark Association for $90,000 to develop a skatepark.
  • Berks Nature for $162,821 to install a pedestrian bridge.

“The approval of these funds is great news for Reading and the surrounding communities who will benefit from them,” said Caltagirone, D-Berks. “I commend all involved who worked hard to put together high-quality proposals for these competitive grant funds.” 

Rozzi added: “These projects, especially the skatepark, represent important investments not only in the present needs of our community, but for future generations. Children and residents of the city of Reading and beyond will benefit from this new recreational outlet.” 

The Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program is funded through the Act 13 —Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund and is administered by CFA.

“These state grant funds will allow Reading and Berks County to better address the recreational needs of area residents for many years to come,” Schwank said. “I’m glad that we have local groups taking initiative in pursuing these funds.”

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages.