BETHLEHEM (Oct 18)State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that the City of Bethlehem will be receiving state grants totaling $1,542,000 to assist the City of Bethlehem in their efforts to repair the Memorial Pool.

Boscola (D-Northampton & Lehigh) joined Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today in Bethlehem’s Monocacy Park, as Secretary Dunn announced the Wolf Administration’s additional 1 million dollar investment for the project bringing the total state investment to over $1.5 million. DCNR money is supported by the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Senator Boscola was able to assist the City in securing two grants through the Keystone Communities Program totaling $542,000.

“The Memorial Pool renovation project ranked as the City of Bethlehem’s highest priority in its 2017 Parks and Pools Plan,” Boscola stated. “Enhancing the park and pool infrastructure in our communities is vitally important. Improving these assets provides a low cost recreational opportunity for our families. Investing in our local pools and parks, improves our quality of life, enhances our communities and makes them more attractive places to live. It is why I am proud to team up with Governor Wolf, Secretary Dunn and Bethlehem to make this project a reality,” Boscola added.

Memorial Pool opened on Memorial Day in 1957 and was dedicated as a war memorial. The City of Bethlehem had to the pool closed in 2018 and will be closed in 2019 as construction is scheduled to begin in the Spring 2019.

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