Petrarca: Avonmore, Derry Township recipients of state grant funding

VANDERGRIFT, Dec. 13 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today that state grants have been awarded to Derry Township and Avonmore from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

Derry Township Municipal Authority received $474,000 to develop 4.7 miles of trail from Keystone State Park to New Alexandria Borough.

Avonmore received $10,000 to help with a structured community planning effort to rehabilitate and further develop the 10-acre Pasternak Recreational Area.

"Green space and recreation opportunities can contribute to a happier quality of life, and these grants will help area communities enhance those prospects for their residents," said Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana.

The work at Pasternak Recreational Area will include site development, the construction drawings and budget, and bid packet.

In addition to construction of the Loyalhanna Trail, the funding will cover Americans with Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements.

The state's Community Conservation Partnerships Program is administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It uses funding from a variety of state sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key ’93); the Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Act (Growing Greener); the Act 68 Snowmobile and ATV Trails Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; and the Recreational Trails component of federal transportation funding programs.

The grants provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits to plan, acquire and develop park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.