Hanbidge announces $225K grant awarded to inclusive, nature-based playground project

BLUE BELL, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, announced that Centre Square Park in Whitpain Township received a $225,000 Recreation and Conservation grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Funding will go toward constructing pedestrian walkways, installing nature play equipment with required safety surfacing and enhancing ADA access for the park’s accessible and nature-based playground.

“This project will provide inclusive play time to every child in our community,” Hanbidge said. “The proposed playground will go beyond ADA accessibility and ensure that children of all abilities will have the opportunity to engage in sensory, physical, and educational experiences. I’m proud to help bring this funding home and bring families together at Centre Square Park.”

Hanbidge added that the project would take advantage of the park’s natural wooded surroundings for educational and recreational inspiration, offering children a mix of physical and sensory play.

The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, 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.