Conklin: $396,000 in state grants to protect parks, enhance recreational opportunities in Centre County

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Centre County will benefit from several state grants to protect area parks and trails for residents and visitors to enjoy, state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today.

Conklin, D-Centre, said a total of $396,000 in state grants were awarded to these organizations to benefits parks, recreation and conservation efforts:

  • $250,000 to Centre County for the development of the Wildlife Center in Huston Township. Work will include construction of a boardwalk trail, comfort station, pavilion, pedestrian walkway, stormwater management measures and parking area; installation of interpretive signage and utilities; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

  • $45,000 to the ClearWater Conservancy of Central PA Inc. in State College to conduct the Centered Outdoors Program, which is designed to reconnect citizens with the natural environment through targeted outreach and programming. 
  • $101,000 to State College Borough for rehabilitation and further development of East Fairmount Park in State College Borough to construct a pavilion, pedestrian walkway, parking area and install stormwater management measures. The grant will also provide for the installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

“These recreational opportunities for our residents and visitors is vital to our overall quality of life,” Conklin said. “I fully support these efforts to keep our parks and trails safe and accessible for all to enjoy.”

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation 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 at the following link:

https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants/Pages/default.aspx.