Jim Thorpe, September 17, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R – Carbon) announced today that the Borough of Nesquehoning will receive $133,346 in Act 13 funding through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program from the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“With the Act 13 grant award for the Earl Johnson Memorial Park, Pennsylvania continues to invest in the tourism and recreational assets that make Carbon County a beautiful place to live and visit,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

The funding will be used for the replacement of a retaining wall at the far end of the park. The wall presently supports an elevated asphalt surface that is unused and will be turned into a parking lot that will help to alleviate the current parking challenges around the park.

The parking lot will contain a new sidewalk, seven parking spaces and an ADA space, with concrete steps and an ADA ramp, which will present better access to the park for residents with disabilities. The chain link fence along the edge of the retaining wall drop off will also be replaced.

The anticipated result is that the new parking lot will return street parking to residents, and that High Street – a narrow, one-way corridor – will remain open for travel and road maintenance. Drainage will also be installed in the new retaining wall to prevent runoff damage.

“I am pleased to see this state funding come back into the community to enhance the recreational opportunities for Nesquehoning residents,” said Heffley. “This project is going to make the park safer and improve access, and I look forward to its completion. I am always happy to work with our local municipalities in securing state grants and congratulate borough officials for seeking this funding through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.”

The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies.