Otten: $109,300 grant awarded to expand Marsh Creek State Park

UPPER UWCHLAN TOWNSHIP, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, announced today that a $109,300 state conservation grant was awarded to expand Marsh Creek State Park.

The grant, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, was awarded to Natural Lands Trust toward the acquisition of approximately 2.7 acres in Upper Uwchlan Township to be added to the park.

“Marsh Creek State Park connects people to the outdoors and adds tremendous quality of life to the region,” Otten said. “I appreciate the administration working with my office to see the value in an investment here, and I look forward to helping direct more state dollars to the 155th Legislative District.”

Otten also passed legislation in the House in 2019 adding land for trails, wetlands and wildlife habitat for Marsh Creek State Park.

DCNR grants help communities and nonprofit organizations in Chester County and across Pennsylvania acquire land for public parks and open space to be enjoyed by all for generations to come.

DCNR supports land conservation and acquisition through several methods, including:

  • The acquisition of lands that are added to state parks, state forests and state game lands.
  • Grant funding assistance for acquisition of trail corridors, recreations areas, greenways, critical habitat and other open space by local government or nonprofit organizations.
  • Grant funding assistance for the purchase of conservation easements.
  • Grant funding assistance to organizations for large, landscape-scale planning efforts.

The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with state and federal funding including from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails Fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund.