$500k in grants announced to help maintain area parks and trails

November 14, 2019 WJAC-TV (Johnstown)
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HARRISBURG Pa (WJAC) — Rep. Frank Burns announced Thursday that Cambria County will benefit from several state grants aimed to protect recreational parks and trails in the area.

A total of $500,000 in grant money will be divided up among state and local organizations to help maintain and preserve parks and trails.

Here is a breakdown of how that grant money will be divided up:

$25,000 will be awarded to the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, which funds the PA Water Trails Program, to help maintain the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail.

$40,000 will be awarded to Portage Borough to help improve the Crichton-McCormick Park by installing fencing, providing ADA access and renovating its tennis courts.

$40,000 will be given to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to help develop a plan to combat the impacts of climate change in and around the Laurel Highlands.

$165,000 will be given to the Pennsylvania Environmental Council Inc. to coordinate and fund activities for the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape.

$230,000 will be awarded to the Allegheny Ridge Corporation to assist with improvements to Kiski-Conemaugh and Juniata River trails.

“Making these investments in our communities now will guarantee these recreational opportunities will be available for residents and visitors for years to come,” said Burns. “With $21 million in state grants this year alone, I remain committed to fighting for these state dollars in Harrisburg to benefit our region.”

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