Boaters enjoy the waters of Ohiopyle.

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.


With a population of just over 70, the joint master plan helped to sustain the Ohiopyle Borough that attracts over 1.5 million people annually.

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.

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