Berks County Environmental Groups Approved for $470k State Investment, Sen. Schwank, Reps. Caltagirone, Rozzi Announce

HARRISBURG, July 1 – Three regional conservation, watershed protection and civic improvement groups will receive $470,000 in state investments for their ongoing efforts to protect and enhance the outdoor experience for Berks County residents.

Sen. Judy Schwank and Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi said the Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved grants for: 

  • Implementation of the Berks County Conservancy’s Angelica Park master plan, $200,000;
  • Recreation Commission of the Antietam Valley, Carsonia Park Improvement Project and Watershed Restoration Project, $215,000;
  • Berks County Community Foundation, 18th W.O.N.D.E.R. Neighborhood Improvement Project, $55,000.

"All three of these projects are especially significant because they not only will vastly improve regional recreational resources and preserve the local environment, but also because they are the result of remarkable cooperation among a diverse array of elected and appointed officials and community-based organizations and agencies," Schwank said following CFA’s approval of the new investments. "I am just as grateful for the dedication, passion and vision of the many people who work for these groups and strive to improve the quality of life for all Berks Countians."

"These grant awards are great news for the city of Reading and surrounding communities," Caltagirone said. "Everyone who worked so hard to put together such high-quality proposals for these competitive grant funds deserves special recognition."

"These projects represent important investment not only in the present needs of our community, but for future generations," Rozzi said. "Residents of the Antietam Valley, the city of Reading and beyond will benefit from these projects for decades to come. I was pleased to work with my colleagues and local officials and citizens to make these a reality."