Nanticoke, December 6, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that over $1.3 million in grant funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has been awarded in Luzerne County:
- Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. has received $84,000 for the design for the development of approximately 4.7 miles of the D&L Trail in Laurel Run Borough, Fairview Township, and Hanover Township in Luzerne County from the Mountain Top Trailhead in Fairview Township to East Northampton Street in Laurel Run Borough.
- Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership has received $500,000 for the development of the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails in Foster Township. Work will include the construction of approximately 3.5 miles of trail from the Foster and Hazle townships line to Eckley Back Road and a bridge; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
- Hazleton City has received a grant in the amount of $200,000 for further development of Center City Park, Hazleton City. Work will include construction of a pedestrian plaza, parking area and pedestrian walkway; installation of lighting and signage; ADA access; landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
Hazleton City will also receive a grant in the amount of $47,500 which will go toward preparing a comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space Plan for Hazleton City.
- North Branch Land Trust will receive a $500,416 payment toward the acquisition of approximately 389 acres in Bear Creek Township, Luzerne County for an addition to the Pinchot State Forest and open space protection.
“Luzerne County is blessed with unique opportunities for residents and tourists to enjoy the great outdoors — from a growing trail system to the tranquility of the Pinchot State Forest. The Community Conservation Partnerships Program is a vital resource for our communities as they work tirelessly to improve and expand recreational amenities for residents and visitors to Luzerne County,” added State Senator John Yudichak.