Harris announces $250,000 grant for Vare Recreation Center

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, today announced a $250,000 grant to the Make The World Better Foundation for improvements at the Vare Recreation Center in Philadelphia. 

“All children and all communities deserve quality recreation space like Vare Recreation Center,” Harris said. “These spaces help bring communities together and help with addressing the issue of gun violence in our neighborhoods. I’m proud to have fought for Vare and help them work toward an improved location that everyone can enjoy.”

The grant funding, awarded from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, will go toward renovations of an outdoor basketball court that currently serves a youth basketball team as well as local community members. The renovation will also include an outdoor splash pad for use by the entire community as part of a larger renovation of the entire Vare Recreation Center. 

The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. Unique among state agencies in structure and scope, the CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking and Securities.