Act 13 funds offered for parks and recreation

About $100,000 in funding from gas drilling impact fees is availble to support community park and recreation projects throughout the county, said the Lycoming County commissioners.

The Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund Mini Grant Program is specifically dedicated to park and recreational purposes.

This is the second time that the county has offered the mini grants for recreation from Act 13 legacy funds, said Kurt Hausammann Jr., director of the county Planning and Community Development Department.

“The first time we aided 22 parks and recreation areas,” he said. “We had over $200,000 available last time. This time we have a much smaller pot of money. However, $100,000 is still significant.”

Whether a park is owned by a municipality or a community organization, the candidate project site must be open to and benefit the entire community.

Past examples of projects that received this funding include the Lycoming County Master Gardeners Sensory Garden, upgraded playground equipment in DuBoistown’s community park, creation of a dog park in Loyalsock Township, tennis and basketball court restoration in Susquehanna Township’s municipal park and more, said Jenny Picciano, lead planner with the planning department.

She added that previous awards have ranged between $8,000 and $20,000.

Those eligible include municipalities and non-profits. Individuals and private for-profit entities are not eligible. Applications may be submitted for consideration by Sept. 30 and are available on the county’s website, www.lyco.org.

Contact Hausammann at 570-320-2132 or khausammann@lyco.org for more information.

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