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NANTICOKE, December 13, 2016: State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that more than $2.5 million in Community Conservation Partnership Program grants were awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to communities in the 14th Senatorial district.

Funding for the DCNR grants come from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund and several federal funding sources.

“Investing in the conservation and recreational assets of the communities of Luzerne and Carbon counties is a sound investment that improves the quality of life throughout northeastern Pennsylvania,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

The following grants were awarded in Luzerne County:

  • Hazleton City: $115,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of Altmiller Park.
  • Jenkins Township: $100,000 for the development of Riverfront Park.
  • Larksville Borough: $40,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of Washington Street Park.
  • Nanticoke City: $250,000 for the further development of Lower Broadway Recreation Complex.
  • North Branch Land Trust: $498,000 for the development of the D&L Trail in Plains and Wilkes-Barre Townships and Laurel Run Borough.
  • North Branch Land Trust: $1,000,000 toward the acquisition of approximately 822 acres on Penobscot Mountain in Slocum and Newport Townships.
  • Pittston City: $260,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of Sullivan Park.

The following grants were awarded in Carbon County:

  • East Penn Township: $30,000 for further development of the East Penn boating facility at Riverview Park.
  • Lehighton Borough: $200,000 for rehabilitation and further development of Baer Memorial Park.
  • Lehighton Borough: $40,000 to prepare a master site development plan and a Recreation Center feasibility study for the approximately 4-acre Grove Park.
  • Summit Hill Borough: $40,000 for further development of Ginder Field.

Senator Yudichak worked to secure the funding for local communities with area state representatives Mike Carroll, Doyle Heffley, Gerald Mullery, Eddie Day Pashinski, and Tarah Toohil.

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