Hohenstein announces $2.75 million for recreation and community revitalization projects

HARRISBURG, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., today announced $2.75 million in Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants for projects in his legislative district that will help create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and revitalize local communities.

“I’m celebrating a total of $2.75 million dollars that is headed to our district to open up the Delaware River waterfront and create more opportunities for everyone to enjoy the outdoors and recreational facilities,” Hohenstein said. “Between development of the Frankford Boat Launch site, rehabilitation, and upgrades to the Cohocksink Recreation Center, and expanding the Delaware River Trail and adding a waterfront park. There is so much to celebrate, and I’m grateful to Governor Wolf for working with us to get this money back in our communities.”

The grants approved would allocate:

  • $2,000,000 for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Land Conservancy to be used as payment toward the acquisition of approximately 4.8 acres in the Fishtown/Port Richmond area of Philadelphia for a waterfront park and quarter-mile segment of the Delaware River Trail.
  • $600,000 for the Philadelphia Treasurer Managing Directors Office to be used on rehabilitation and further development of Cohocksink Recreation Center in Philadelphia. Work is to include construction of pedestrian walkways, multi-sport fields and stormwater management measures; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, backstops, bleachers, player seating, fencing, lighting, and utilities; and ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  • $150,000 for the Philadelphia Treasurer Department of Parks and Recreation to be used to prepare a Master Site Development Plan for the13-acre Frankford Boat Launch in Philadelphia. Work is to include an electronic written report and site development drawing.

The grants are part of a $90 million investment in Pennsylvania recreation and conservation and surpasses the previous record of $70 million in 2021. Under the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, DCNR has awarded more than $430 million in grants to more than 2,300 projects across the commonwealth.

The grants are administered by the department’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, known as C2P2. Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the ATV/Snowmobile Fund generated through fees for licenses, and federal monies.

Residents can visit the DCNR website for a complete list of grants by county.

More information is available by contacting Hohenstein’s district office at 215-744-2600.