Sen. Brooks Announces Six State Grants for Crawford and Mercer County Parks and Trails

HARRISBURG (Dec. 13, 2016) Sen. Michele Brooks (R-50) announced the awarding of six grants from the Department of Conservation and National Resources to help improve parks, trails and watersheds in Crawford and Mercer Counties.

“Our parks are an important asset for our families and communities.  This investment will open up these scenic destination points to more people of all ages, interests and abilities,” Sen. Brooks said.  “In many cases, these improvements represent the culmination of years of planning and hard work by so many local volunteers, township supervisors, council members, planning offices, donors, Eagle Scouts, park visitors, and many others.  It is great to see that their vision will soon be turned into reality.”

These grants include:

  • $40,200 for Jodi’s Trail in Canal Park, Spring Township to make it compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The grant, requested through the Conneaut Valley Economic and Industrial Development Authority (CVEIDA), will fund the construction of picnic areas and exercise stations, the installation of interpretive signage, and the paving of walkways to afford easier access for people with disabilities.   The project will advance the goal of creating a six-mile loop between the communities of Conneautville and Springboro.
  • A $106,500 grant to help complete the replacement and rehabilitation of Crawford County’s HP Way Park and to make park routes accessible to those with disabilities.  The grant, submitted by the city of Meadville, will build upon the installation of new play equipment, which tapped into funds from the Meadville Area Water Authority.  The grant will allow for the completion of Phase 2, which includes the construction of a pavilion with picnic tables, a sports court, walking areas, and a parking lot.  HP Way Park is the only city park serving the northeast region of the city of Meadville.
  • A $70,000 grant to the Conneaut Lake-French Creek Valley Conservancy to engage stakeholders and to conduct and promote educational programming throughout the French Creek Watershed.
  • An $88,500 grant to Titusville, as requested by the Titusville Community Development Agencies, to develop Queen City Trail, to include the construction of three-quarters of a mile of trail along South Martin Street from Fleming Park to East Mechanic Street, and to allow for handicapped access, signage and related site improvements.
  • $24,400 to construct and maintain about 100 miles of snowmobile trails of the Pymatuning Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club, spanning Crawford and Mercer Counties.
  • A $100,000 grant to Mercer Borough in Mercer County to further develop Brandy Springs Park, which will include providing accessibility to those with disabilities, the construction of a Spray Park, the installation of filtration and recirculation systems, the posting of project signage and related site improvements.

“Our parks are rich with history, beauty and recreational opportunities for all ages. Not only do our local families benefit from these community assets, they also attract visitors and boost local tourism,” Sen. Brooks said.

CONTACT: Diane McNaughton

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