Delco lawmakers announce more than $500K in grants to improve parks, green spaces

HARRISBURG, Dec. 30 – State Reps. Mike Zabel and Gina Curry announced four Community Conservation Partnership grants totaling $544,200 have been approved to plan and improve parks and green spaces across the region. 

“The investments in parks and green spaces in Delaware County announced today will benefit all people in our community,” Zabel said. “These grants have the potential to have lasting multi-generational benefits by informed planning, limiting water pollution, managing stormwater runoff, addressing groundwater concerns, improving property values and providing residents of all ages outdoor recreation options.” 

The grants include:

  • Upper Darby Township, $250,000: Rehabilitation and further development of Observatory Hill Park. Renovation of field house restrooms, construction of basketball and pickleball courts, pavilion, picnic area, pedestrian walkways, internal loop trail, parking area and stormwater management measures; installation of play and fitness equipment with required safety surfacing, community garden and fencing; ADA access, and landscaping.
  • Delaware County, $200,000: Design for the development of approximately 0.5 miles of the Darby Creek Trail in Clifton Heights and Lansdowne and Upper Darby Township, from Kent Park in Upper Darby Township to Baltimore Pike in Lansdowne Borough.
  • Haverford Township, $50,000: Construction of approximately 5 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways in the Lower Delaware River Watershed. Work includes landowner outreach, buffer plantings and post-planting establishment.
  • Upper Darby Township, $44,200: Prepare a Master Site Development Plan for the 27-acre Naylors Run Park.

“Bringing grant funding to our area will be a huge investment in our community,” Curry said. “Improving our green space also enhances the air quality and overall life for everyone living in these communities. I am thankful for the hard work involved by all to secure these grants. This is a wonderful example of our state representation and state government agencies collaborating for the greater good.”

The Community Conservation Partnership grants are administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. DCNR funds its grant programs through various state and federal programs.

Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants can fund:

  • Planning, acquisition, and development of public parks.
  • Recreation areas.
  • Motorized and non-motorized trails.
  • River conservation and access.
  • Conservation of open space.

Eligible applicants for these grants include counties, municipalities, municipal agencies, nonprofit organizations, state heritage areas, prequalified land trusts, and for-profit enterprises (for some grant types).