Bethlehem, December 5, 2013 — State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced a total of over $ 1.4 million in state grant funds for nine local parks/recreational projects.

“These state funds will help local and community leaders move forward on plans to improve the attractiveness, access and use of these parks and recreational areas,” Boscola said. “I will continue to seek state funds to supplement worthy local projects.”

The projects include:

  • $30,000 to Lehigh County to prepare the master site development plan for the 296-acre Jordan Creek Parkway in South     Whitehall and Whitehall Townships;
  • $500,000 to the City of Bethlehem to further develop the South Bethlehem Greenway. The work includes constructing a      trail to link the South Bethlehem Greenway to the Saucon Park ball fields and other related site improvements;
  • $203,000 to Bethlehem Township to rehabilitate and develop the Janet Johnston Housenick and William D. Housenick Memorial Park in Bethlehem Township, including parking and access improvements, and building a hiking trail and pedestrian walkway;
  • $30,000 to the Wildlands Conservancy to use for a strategic planning project to outline and prioritize necessary steps required to close priority trail gaps in the Lehigh Valley in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, work to include development of an acquisition strategy, mapping and a written report.;
  • $75,000 to the City of Easton to develop a trail extension in Easton, including construction of a trail from the intersection of Bushkill and Dietrich roads to the Karl Stirner Arts Trail, disability access, landscaping,  signage and other related site improvements.
  • $124,000 to Hellertown Borough to rehabilitate and develop the Water Street Park. Work includes constructing a basketball court, comfort station, pedestrian walkways, stormwater management  control measures, installation of fencing, disability access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  • $181,000 to The Nature Conservancy to acquire two parcels totaling approximately 59 acres within the Minsi Lake Corridor along Blue Mountain Drive, Upper Mount Bethel Township, for forest and stream protection and recreational use.
  • $119,000 to Upper Mount Bethel Township to further develop a community park. Work includes installing playground equipment with required safety surfacing, pedestrian walkways, interpretive signage; disability access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements; and,
  • $177,000 to Salisbury Township to develop Lindberg Park. Work includes construction of pedestrian walkway; ecological conservation features;  installation of interpretive signage; ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements.

The Key 93 and Environmental Stewardship Fund grants were awarded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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