Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Grants Announced for Community Improvement Projects in Schuylkill County

Grants were announced Wednesday for the Frackville Pool, Trenton Park, Swopes Valley Road Bridge, and Schuylkill River Trail Projects.

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Representatives Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill) and Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) announced a total of four grants Wednesday that will support community improvement projects in Delano Township, Frackville Borough, Pine Grove Township and North Manheim Township.  

Delano Township will receive $56,000 to assist in the rehabilitation of the 2.8 acre Trenton Park playground and basketball courts.

Frackville Borough will receive $200,000 for the rehabilitation of the Frackville Community Pool at Memorial Park.

Schuylkill River Greenway Association will use the grant funds to conduct a feasibility study for the continuation of the Schuylkill River Trail recently opened in North Manheim Township. The grants were awarded as part of the Commonwealth Finance Authority’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.

Part of the Commonwealth Finance Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Program, Pine Grove Township will receive a grant award of $364,983 to replace a deteriorating Swopes Valley Road Bridge and make improvements to the intersection just west of State Route 645.

“All of these projects were subject to competition from communities all across the state,” Argall said. “We are very satisfied to see the hard work of many individuals pay off and be recognized by the state to help with an upgrade to the park in Trenton, major rehabilitation of a community pool in Frackville, upgrades to a bridge and intersection in Pine Grove Township and plans for a continuation of a trail in North Manheim Township.”

“I’m extremely pleased our municipalities were chosen for this funding,” Goodman said. “Competition for these grants is fierce, with hundreds of applicants statewide. I’m also pleased the state is able to assist these important projects and look forward to seeing the improvements to Delano’s Trenton Park, as well as the future reopening of the Frackville Community Pool.”

“I am very excited to see continued progress on the Schuylkill River Heritage Trail that will take residents from the headwaters of the Schuylkill River right here in Schuylkill County to the City of Philadelphia. Incorporating family friendly activities makes all of our municipalities a better community. Seeing a bridge in Pine Grove Township getting a new life that is used by local residents, the agriculture community and the sporting community is an exceptional way to put these funds to good use,” stated Representative Mike Tobash.

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