Dawkins, members of House Philadelphia Delegation announce $100K grant for Tacony Creek Park

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the House Philadelphia Delegation, along with delegation members Reps. Joseph C. Hohenstein,  Danilo Burgos, Angel Cruz, and Isabella V. Fitzgerald, announced that the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation received a $100,000 state grant to launch development plans for the Tacony Creek Park.

Dawkins said the city will use the grant, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation Grant Program, to prepare a master site development plan for the 300-acre park, which lies in portions of the 177th,197th, 180th, 203rd Legislative Districts, including Dawkins’ 179th District.

“It’s imperative for public servants to shoulder responsibility in ensuring greenspaces like Tacony Creek Park remain healthy and viable,” Dawkins said. “As public servants, it is always our privilege and honor to advocate to bring funding to the district and we will continue advocating for more state dollars in the future.”

Hohenstein, who represents the 177th Legislative District, agreed.

“It is certainly our responsibility as state legislators,” Hohenstein said. “We are obligated to ensure the preservation of our natural resources and this grant fulfills that obligation.”

Burgos, who represents the 197th District added, “Rich in history and biodiversity, the Tacony Creek Park is an environmental and recreational lifeline, not only for our immediate community, but also our entire city. I am proud to see this grant be used towards the conservation of this park.”

Cruz said that the park has been integral for many generations of residents, serving as a haven for children and families.

“The Tacony Creek Park has served as a multi-generational greenspace oasis for families and children locally and across the city to enjoy outdoor recreations,” said Cruz, who represents the 180th Legislative District. “I am thrilled to see what the city has planned for the park to improve the recreational experience and preserve its existence for even more generations to enjoy.”

Agreeing with her colleagues, Fitzgerald, who represents the 203rd District, said the park is especially vital for the health of the community.

“We must continue to do our part in conserving the Tacony Creek Park,” Fitzgerald said. “A healthy greenspace means a healthy community that has clean air, water, and a space to enjoy outdoor recreations to maintain healthy lifestyles.”

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments and recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to parks, recreation and conservation.

To learn more about the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, visit the grants page online.