Howard announces $250,000 grant for East Whiteland Township to design a trail to connect areas of the community to Chester Valley Trail

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, today announced that East Whiteland Township has been awarded a $250,000 state grant to help create a 0.7-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail to connect office, residential, educational and recreational sites to the Chester Valley Trail.

“This grant will enable people who live and work in East Whiteland Township to take full advantage of the recreational benefits of the Chester Valley Trail,” Howard said. “The trail will foster community by bringing East Whiteland Township’s different areas together.”

The $250,000 grant was awarded Tuesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The Commonwealth Financing Authority is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. The grant awarded to East Whiteland Township focuses on greenways, trails and recreation.

The total cost of the township's project is $463,000. The Chester Valley Trail is a 14-mile multi-use trail that is a part of the Greater Philadelphia Regional Trail network. The proposed trail will also provide a direct connection to Ecology Park. The project includes the design of a multimodal trail connection along Moores Road, Sidley Road and Mill Lane from Ashlawn Road to the Chester Valley Trail.

To learn more about the Commonwealth Financing Authority, visit its website.