Bethlehem, November 21, 2013 — State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today announced a total of $803,335 in state grant funds for five Northampton County recreational projects.

“These state dollars should help improve the attractiveness, viability and use of these areas as recreational destinations,” Boscola said. “I am pleased that state funds will be used to move these projects forward.”

The projects include:

  • The Keystone Conservation Trust will receive $125,000 towards the purchase of the 3.4 acre Leckonby Farm property in Bethlehem. The preserved open space property provides access to the Lehigh Valley Greenway, which extends from the Lehigh River to the Pocono Plateau.  Constructed by Archibald Johnston, the first Mayor of Bethlehem, the farm is a key location for watershed education and stewardship that will further the preservation of the land, waterways and historic structures of the barn and farm house built in 1722;
  • The Borough of Stockertown will receive $138,835 to complete Phase 2 of the Stockertown Recreational Trail, which will connect the trail to the Plainfield Township trail and eventually Jacobsburg State Park and the Appalachian Trail. Funds will also be used to construct two paved parking areas, plant flora and rain garden;
  • Hellertown Borough will receive $193,000 to fund Phase 2 improvements to the Water Street Park. Plans are to provide safety improvements and construct a new stone wall with columns at the entrance, new curbing, lighting, asphalt parking lot, new basketball court/ice rink, rain gardens, and improve access for the handicapped;
  • Bethlehem City will receive $31,520 to conduct a trail feasibility study, which will examine the 40 miles of varied trails in the area and look at ways to maximize a possible regional trail system; and
  • Lower Saucon Township will receive $190,000 to acquire an 8.82 acre parcel on Polk Valley Road for potential open space/recreational use. The parcel will connect to the township’s 48 acre park and its various fields, trails and dog park. It is also adjacent to the Saucon Valley School District campus.

The Greenways, Trails and Recreation program grant funds were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s seven-member board today at its meeting in Harrisburg.

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