Krueger-Braneky announces over $620,000 in grants for 161st Legislative District

SWARTHMORE, Oct. 24 – Following approval by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, announced three separate grants totaling $623,457 coming to the 161st Legislative District.

“These grants fund valuable programs that truly benefit our local communities and the people who live and work in them,” Krueger-Braneky said. “It has been a real pleasure to work closely with local elected officials and township administrators on these grant applications and I look forward to seeing these projects completed and the improvements they will have both for our community and our environment.”

The first grant, totaling $281,040, will go to the Borough of Brookhaven for improvements to Eaton Park. This project includes demolishing the tennis and basketball courts, and other proposed improvements, including landscaping, installation of a foot path with lighting, construction of a concession stand and a pavilion with benches and picnic tables, a bocce court, a horseshoe pit and repaving of the existing parking lot.

The second grant, totaling $200,000, will go to Nether Providence Township to develop the 17-acre Furness Park into a usable and fully functioning park that will cater to people who like to walk, run, picnic and learn about nature. The project includes the establishment of paths, trails and bridges over three stream crossings.

The third grant, totaling $142,417, will go to Nether Providence Township to construct a storm sewer pipe and stilling well to convey and reduce the velocity of runoff down a hillside and into Crums Creek. This will prevent erosion and address a problem that the Department of Environmental Protection has identified as causing major erosion and sediment impacts to Crums Creek.

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. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking.