PEC works with both the State Park and the borough to improve their sustainability and improve the experience for park visitors. More than $7.5 million has been attracted for signature projects.
Building from a planning charrette, PEC obtained a $250,000 grant for the first-ever joint master plan between a community and a state park in 2009.
Several signature projects identified in the joint master plan and implementation strategy have been completed, including a $1.9 million “smart transportation” project, making it safer to cross Route 381 between Ohiopyle Falls and the business community. Additionally, a $1.3 million “green streets” stormwater management project, a $1.1 million project to eliminate stormwater infiltration into the sewage-treatment plant, and a $4 million grant to support development of a new visitors center were established.
On a smaller scale, several grants totaling $230,000 rebuilt a park in the middle of town with a play area for kids, a pavilion for entertainment, and stormwater-management features. A $10,000 grant enabled the borough to update its zoning ordinance while a $5,000 grant facilitated an energy workshop. Technical assistance with the borough’s budget and administrative procedures was provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s peer-review process.
Moving forward, we continue to work toward a Phase II Green Streets project for other parts of the borough, development of a renewable energy project, parking improvements, and other initiatives.