Lycoming County, others to get $1.2M in grants in hopes to enhance parks

State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, announced Thursday that Lycoming County and three other counties are getting nearly $1.2 million in recreation and conservation grants from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“This funding will prove vital to enhancing our recreational opportunities and conservation goals here in the 23rd Senate District,” Yaw said, according to the news release. “Our natural landscapes attract visitors from far and wide and this investment into our communities will pay off in spades for years to come.”

Old Lycoming Township will get $107,100 to develop the Lycoming Creek, including rehabilitating about 2.12 miles of trail from Route 15 to Lycoming Creek Road. Trout Run Park in Lewis Township will get $70,000 for a pedestrian walkway, pavilion and other improvements, the news release said.

Williamsport will get $70,000 to prepare a comprehensive recreation, park, open space and green infrastructure plan while Montoursville will get $69,600 to rehabilitate and develop Indian Park, including installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing and other improvements.

Lycoming Biology Field Station will receive $59,200 to construct about 16 acres of riparian forest buffers along Loyalsock Creek in the Susquehanna River Watershed and Chesapeake Conservancy Inc. will receive $79,900 to prepare watershed conservation plans for three streams, including Pine Run in Lycoming County.

Other projects include pedestrian walkways and improvements at War Memorial Park in Canton, improvements to Kidsburg Park and Hufnagle Park in Lewisburg and a feasibility study for work on Mifflinburg’s community pool.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources distributed $90 million to more than 330 projects statewide to create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and revitalize communities, according to the news release.


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