Herrin applauds $200K award to Westtown Township

WESTTOWN TOWNSHIP, Nov. 19 -- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, today announced that Westtown Township received two $100,000 grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, both which will go toward local conservation and rehabilitation efforts.

The first $100,000 grant will benefit Goose Creek. Funding from the Watershed Restoration Protection Program will help retrofit the 36-year-old dry detention basin on Sage Road into a water quality basin. This will reduce Goose Creek’s sediment load by more than 4,000 pounds per year and will help the township meets its Department of Environmental Protection MS4 permitting requirements.

“This project will improve the quality of the Goose Creek runoff and have a tremendous impact on its aquatic ecosystems and the area’s overall environmental health,” Herrin said.

The second $100,000 grant will help fund improvements at Oakbourne Park. This funding from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program will help the township cover some of the engineering and design costs associated with its plan to install ADA-compliant access and trails, improve stormwater management, rehabilitate and expand the game court, and upgrade the pavilion, seating, and parking areas.

“Rehabilitating Oakbourne Park is a great way to bring our community together, especially since the park has important regional and cultural significance,” Herrin said. “Once the project is complete, it will be an even better place for families and children of all abilities to congregate and safely enjoy our community together.”

For more information, contact Herrin’s office at 610-696-4990.