Mullery: Local recreation improvement projects receive state funding

NANTICOKE, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced more than $70,000 in grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was awarded for recreation improvement projects in Luzerne County.


The Cindy Street Playground in West Hazleton received a $40,000 grant while the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor received $32,800 for trail development in Fairview and Wright townships.


“It is incredibly important to provide our communities with quality recreational opportunities,” Mullery said. “I commend local partners for their work to ensure families now and for generations to come can enjoy the outdoors here in Northeast Pennsylvania, and I look forward to continuing my support in Harrisburg for these projects.”


The funding for the Cindy Street Playground will be used to construct and install pedestrian walkways, parking areas, play equipment, handicap access, project signage and other related site improvements. The funding for the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor will be used to prepare a trail study to develop approximately 3 miles of trail in Fairview and Wright townships.


Funding comes from the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; Environmental Stewardship Fund; ATV/Snowmobile Fund license fees; and federal money including the Land and Water Conservation Fund.


The grant program provides support for projects across Pennsylvania that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and help revitalize local communities. More than $50 million was awarded to 280 different projects across Pennsylvania. A complete list of recipients is available on the DCNR website.