DeLuca: More than $165,000 in grants awarded to upgrade community parks

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced more than $165,000 in state funding for projects to renovate and upgrade parks in Plum, Verona and the municipality of Penn Hills.

“Parks in these communities are popular places for residents to gather, play and enjoy the outdoors,” DeLuca said. “These upgrades will not only improve the parks, but also make them more accessible for everyone. As always, I’m proud to have helped these communities in my district secure funding to enrich their parks and I look forward to seeing the projects when they’re completed.”

DeLuca said the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded the following grants from its Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program:

  • $81,000 to Plum Borough for the third phase of a project to mill and resurface the basketball court, and add court line striping, new chain link fence with gates and new hoops at Renton Park, as well as additional landscaping to establish a multi-purpose green space.

  • $75,000 to Verona Borough to renovate Cribbs Field and Riverbank Park. The Riverbank Park project will build new ADA restrooms, repair existing play equipment, install new equipment, repair and install new sections of the park’s walking path, and renovate the basketball courts with an acrylic sports surface. The Cribbs Field project will install new play equipment, rehab existing equipment, install new swings and renovate the basketball court with acrylic sports surface.

  • $9,860 to William Penn Volunteer Fire Association (Penn Hills Fire Co. #2 Rosedale) for improvements to the Rosedale Fire Department Community Park in the municipality of Penn Hills, which has not been updated for over 30 years. The upgrades include an ADA-compliant parking lot, the removal and installation of a playground safety surface, the removal of the old wood border and installation of two new ground-level play structures, and an ADA-accessible ramp.

The CFA is an independent agency of the state Department of Community and Economic Development which administers funding to programs and investments for Pennsylvania’s economic growth. Learn more about the CFA here. More information about the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program is available here.