Berks County lawmakers applaud $234,266 grant to revitalize Reading park

READING, Dec. 30 – Berks County lawmakers Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi, as well as Sen. Judy Schwank, applauded the approval of a $234,266 state grant today to revitalize a park in Reading.

“This project furthers the revitalization and improvement efforts of our community,” Caltagirone said. “State funds will be used in this project to improve our neighborhood, providing a place in the city our neighbors can enjoy for years to come.”  

Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development through the Keystone Communities program, the grant will be used to revitalize a pocket park located near Penn Street in Reading. The project was one of 42 community revitalization projects totaling more than $5 million approved throughout the state today.

“This grant is vital for Reading in that it not only will improve our city, but it will also improve the lives of our residents by creating yet another space each of us can enjoy,” Rozzi said. 

Schwank added: “This state investment will greatly improve community space in downtown Reading. This project perfectly complements other improvement projects in the city, adding to the energy and enthusiasm which is revitalizing our city.”

The Keystone Communities program is designed to support local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, foster effective public-private partnerships and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.