Mullery announces $237,600 in state grants

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, said the county will benefit from $237,600 in state grants approved for improving parks and community space for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“This is critical funding which helps us make necessary upgrades and improvements that benefit not only users of the parks, but also enhance our water supplies to protect the environment,” Mullery said.

The three grants and their associated projects are:

  • White Haven: $182,600 for the borough’s Rail Yard Park development project. Work will include the construction of plaza areas, pedestrian walkways with ADA access, stormwater management measures, fencing, lighting and utilities, and other related improvements.

  • West Hazleton: $30,000 for the borough’s 5th Street Playground development project. Plans include installing new play equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping and related improvements.

  • Wright Township: $25,000 for its Municipal Park development. Work includes renovation of a pavilion, basketball and tennis courts, new play equipment with safety surfacing, ADA access and other related improvements.

“The park gets a lot of traffic from day cares, schools and youth groups. I am really excited for this and the kids,” Wright Township Secretary Pam Heard said.

The grants were awarded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Community Conservation and Partnerships Program, which provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, and trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.