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NANTICOKE, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that six Luzerne County projects in the 14th Senatorial District will receive nearly $700,000 in state grants from two different programs under Act 13.

“The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by the General Assembly under Act 13 of 2012 to ensure that all communities throughout Pennsylvania benefit from natural gas drilling,” said Senator Yudichak. “Investing in community recreational areas, parks, and educational facilities contributes to the vitality of Luzerne County, helping our region remain a beautiful place to live, work and play.”

Area state representatives Mike Carroll, Gerald Mullery, and Eddie Day Pashinski worked closely with Senator Yudichak to secure the funds.

The Luzerne County projects approved for funding are:

The City of Pittston will receive $250,000 for a new gateway to the Riverfront Park at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Water Street.


King’s College will receive $130,000 to help with the construction of a multi-purpose track and field complex that when completed will also be available for public use.

The Huber Breaker Preservation Society in Ashley will receive $100,000 to help with the conversion of three acres of abandoned mine lands, once part of the Huber Breaker Colliery,

into a memorial park.

The Plymouth Borough Recreation Board will receive $75,000 to update the John Mergo Community Park.

Newport Township will receive $40,072 for construction of a walking trail around Wanamie Park.

These projects are funded by the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program (GTRP).

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects.

The Earth Conservancy will receive $85,000 to upgrade the Askam Borehole Mine Drainage Treatment System project in Hanover Township.

This project is funded by the Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program (AMDATP).   The Marcellus Legacy Fund also allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for abandoned mine drainage, abatement, and treatment.