Municipal Parks Receive State Grants

HARRISBURG – Four Luzerne County municipal recreational facilities and one in Wyoming County will undergo rehabilitation and upgrades thanks to state grants awarded by DCNR, Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th, and Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-120th, announced today.

The funding is through the Community Parks and Partnerships program and parks in Kingston and Wright townships and Penn Lake Park Borough are among the dozens of statewide recipients. 

  • In Kingston Township, $268,500 will be used toward rehabilitation and further development of Center Street Park.  Work includes construction of a pavilion/comfort station and stormwater management measures; installation of utilities; ADA access, landscaping, and other related site improvements.
  • In Wright Township, $25,000 has been awarded to help rehabilitate and further develop the Wright Township Municipal Park. The renovation of a pavilion, basketball and tennis courts; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, and other related site improvements will be among the improvements.
  • In Penn Lake Park Borough, $23,200, is slated for Penn Lake Playground. Work involves construction of a parking area and pedestrian walkway; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, and other related site improvements.

“Our communities have done a tremendous job providing safe attractions and recreational opportunities for all ages,” Baker said. “Investing in these much-needed facilities will continue this good work and allow residents to continue to enjoy the benefits of these diverse outdoor resources.”

In addition, Kaufer announced that Bainbridge Campbell Park, in West Pittston Borough, is getting $40,000 for the renovation of the playground; construction of stormwater management measures; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, lighting and security cameras; ADA access, landscaping, and other related site improvements.

“Our local parks are a staple in our communities – allowing residents to both enjoy their natural beauty and spend quality time with their families,” said Kaufer. “I am pleased to see that our area continues to benefit from these crucial grants.”

Sen. Baker and Rep. Karen Boback, R-117th, also announced that $40,000 has been awarded to Factoryville Borough to further develop Christy Mathewson Park, in the Wyoming County borough. Work includes the renovation of a basketball court; construction of a pickleball court; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, and other related site improvements.

“I am glad to have supported this project, which will deliver accessibility and recreation to countless children,” Boback said. “These improvements to the park illustrate how we are working to make our community a better place to live and play.”

Contact:       Andrew M. Seder

                       aseder@pasen.gov

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