O’Mara announces $682K in grant funding to Delaware County parks and trail

SPRINGFIELD, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara announced today that Veterans Memorial Park in Marple Township, Meadowgreen Park in Springfield Township and the Forge to Refuge Trail in Radnor Township have received a collective $682,000 in Recreation and Conservation grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“Ensuring our public parks and trails are accessible, maintained and safe is a crucial element in fostering a community of friendship and fellowship,” O’Mara said. “I’m grateful that these three Delaware County recreational sites were chosen as grant recipients and I look forward to seeing the positive impact these upgrades will bring to residents.”

Veterans Memorial Park received a $200,000 grant which will be used to rehabilitate and further develop the park. This will include construction of pedestrian walkways, stormwater management measures, installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, increased ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements.

Meadowgreen Park received a $250,000 grant to be used toward upgrading its sports fields and to further develop areas of the park. The grant will help fund the renovation of the baseball field, construction of the multipurpose field, pedestrian walkways, parking area, stormwater management measures, increase ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements.   

The Forge to Refuge Trail received a $232,000 grant which will be used to construct approximately 0.3 miles of trail from Radnor-Chester Road to I-476, improve intersections and fencing, increase ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements.

The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; RFB - Pennvest; and the  ATV Restricted Management Account Fund.