Rep Flynn: more than $160,000 in state funding awarded to Lackawanna County

Scranton, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today announced that $166,043 in state funding will be coming to Lackawanna County for two recreational trails in Scranton.

Flynn said the funds were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority under the state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.

“Both of these projects are critical for the connections of the trail system within the city of Scranton,” Flynn said.


The grant recipients are:


  • $125,000 to Lackawanna Valley Conservancy to acquire two acres as a future trailhead for the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Scranton. Total project cost is $211,104
  • $41,043 to Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority to construct a new trail along Railroad Avenue to connect to the existing Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Scranton. Total project cost is $558,222.

“I commend state Senator John Blake who tirelessly advocated for this funding, “Flynn said.

Flynn said the 2-acre site will be on three parcels adjacent to the West Market Street Bridge over the Lackawanna River. The Lackawanna Valley Conservatory and the Lackawanna River Conservation Association have been working in collaboration with the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority for more than 25 years to develop the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, a 40-mile-long multiple use recreational trail and greenway system.

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority is planning to rehabilitate the abandoned railroad bay located between Railroad Avenue and the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail system into a 1.1-mile trail to connect to Lackawanna Avenue and downtown Scranton.

The proposed project would create an ADA-accessible pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists to safely access the downtown business district, Scranton High School and the University of Scranton.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent state agency that administers several funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania’s economy, create jobs, and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide.