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HARRISBURG, October 24, 2016 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that seven projects in Luzerne County will receive over $600,000 in state funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development Act 13 Greenways, Recreation, and Trails program. The grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“The significant funding approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority invests in the people of Luzerne County by expanding access to the many regional recreational amenities of northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak.

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

The Luzerne County projects approved for funding are:

  1. The City of Hazleton will receive $115,000 for Phase II development of the new Center City Park.
  2. The Coal Street Redevelopment Authority will receive $215,000 for an expansion of the Coal Street Ice Rink to add a second ice rink.
  3. Fairview Township will receive $43,592 to install a playground at Memorial Park.
  4. The West Pittston Borough will receive $56,661 to construct the Baltimore Avenue Park.
  5. The City of Hazleton will receive $102,135 for improvements to Altmiller Park.
  6. Jenkins Township will receive $65,709 for improvements to facilities in Spadi Park.
  7. Larksville Borough will receive $21,250 for the completion of a comprehensive recreational plan.

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.

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