$1.7 Million in Open Space & Park Grants Awarded to Bucks and Montgomery Counties

Today, State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R, Bucks, Montgomery) announced that over $1.7 million in funding is forthcoming to Warminster Township, Warrington Township, Lower Moreland, and the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust for open space projects through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) administered by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

The Community Conservation Partnership Program includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources.

The CCPP program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.

“Open space and public parks are vital to our region,” said Senator Greenleaf.  “These are excellent, worthwhile projects that are designed to improve the environment, increase recreation opportunities and quality of life.  I was eager to lend my support to each of these grant applications by writing letters to the administrators of the CCPP program.  This is a highly competitive process, and I am very excited that the Department recognized our local needs.”

The Four Grants Are:

Warminster Township: $500,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of Warminster Community Park, Warminster Township, Bucks County.  Work to include construction of ballfields, soccer field, spray park, pavilion with comfort station, access drive, parking area, pedestrian walkaway and storm water management measures; installation of filtration and recirculation systems, utilities; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

Warrington Township: $1,011,650 for the acquisition of approximately 66.8 acres along Pickertown and Lower State Roads in Warrington Township, Bucks County for the protection of public open space and increased passive outdoor recreation opportunities.

Lower Moreland Township: $25,500 to prepare a Master Site Development Plan for the 6 acre Elkins Field Park in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County.

Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust: $237,500 for the acquisition of approximately 5 acres in Bryn Athyn Borough for an addition to the Pennypack Preserve protecting interior forest habitat and the Delaware River watershed.