Harris announces $525,000 DCNR grant for Vare Recreation Center

HARRISBURG, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, announced today a $525,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to the Philadelphia City Treasurer Managing Directors Office for improvements at the Vare Recreation Center in Philadelphia.

“Coupled with the $250,000 grant we helped deliver last month from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, this DCNR grant will go toward further helping improve Vare for the betterment of our entire community,” Harris said. “Vare is a vital location that allows our community, including children and young adults, to come together in invaluable open green spaces and have constructive options for recreation that help people grow while also addressing the issue of gun violence. I look forward to the improvements at Vare and how it will further increase access to healthy and worthwhile activities right in our neighborhood.”

This grant is aimed at improvements, including the construction of a pedestrian walkway, stormwater management measures, installation of play equipment with safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping work and other related site improvements.

The DCNR funding is administered through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. This program funds projects such as planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas, motorized and nonmotorized tails, river conservation and access, and conservation of open space