Sims announces $50K greenways, trails and recreation program grant for Schuylkill River Development Corporation

PHILADELPHIA, April 21 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation.

“Creating, expanding and maintaining green space in the urban core of Philadelphia and in a dense area like my legislative district is a priority for me because green space and recreational opportunities are tied to the quality of life for residents and to the health our area’s economy,” Sims said. “The Schuylkill River Trail is a vital recreational asset, a fact that came into clearer focus during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am proud to support the trail’s continued improvement and ecological restoration.”

The $50,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant will be used for bulkhead restoration along the Schuylkill riverbanks, which will protect against erosion.

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Funding can be used for projects that involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation.

Visit the Department of Community and Economic Development’s website to learn more.