HARRISBURG – Susquehanna County Recreation Center was awarded $2.5 million in new funding to promote healthy and active lifestyles announced Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) and Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming.)
Fritz and Baker played a crucial role in securing the funding through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
The project includes construction of a 24,000-square-foot multi-purpose space for recreational activities. The building will include two exercise rooms, a fitness center, childcare center, soft play area, multi-purpose room, commercial kitchen, café area, small retail space (vending), laundry, office and lobby.
“I am more than pleased to see funding for this new multi-purpose center to be built in our community and to join with Sen. Baker to make this a reality. It is crucial to promote active, healthy and thriving lifestyles for all citizens in the 111th district, and this is a great way to do that,” Fritz said.
“I was pleased to join with Rep. Fritz to advocate in Harrisburg for the Susquehanna County Recreation Center. Our communities thrive when there is access to safe and expansive recreational areas for children, adults and seniors alike. The award of this substantial state investment is very exciting for our region. The need for this project was well documented by area residents, local officials and leaders, who have come together and worked very hard to make this project a reality,” Baker said.
Ashley Kilmer, Susquehanna County Recreation Center Board of Directors member, also played a critical role in obtaining this funding and expressed her gratitude for their work. “The Susquehanna County Recreation Center Board of Directors would like to extend a big thank you to both Sen. Lisa Baker and Rep. Jonathan Fritz for advocating on our behalf. They understand and support our project’s mission to provide more health and wellness opportunities to the residents of Susquehanna County by constructing a multi-generational, multi-purpose community recreation facility,” Kilmer said.
RACP supports the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.