Sunday, January 15, 2023

State Grants Awarded to Two Schuylkill County Park Projects

This past week, legislators announced funding for two park projects in Schuylkill County.

These grants were awarded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

Tremont Borough Park, Tremont

A project to improve Tremont Borough Park was awarded a state grant Friday, according to State Rep. Joanne Stehr (R-107) and State Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

“This is big news for Tremont Borough – I am so grateful this grant will help aid in the development of Tremont Borough Park, which will serve as a positive addition for our community and its residents,” said Rep. Stehr.

“Improved parks can be key to breathing new life into older communities,” said Senator Argall. “I’m thankful Tremont was awarded this highly competitive funding. Further developing the Tremont Borough Park will benefit children, parents, and the entire community.”

Tremont Borough was awarded $276,000 to further develop the park, including constructing a pavilion, pedestrian walkways, parking area, and stormwater management measures; installing new play equipment; and other site improvements.

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Kaier's Park, Mahanoy City

A project to improve Kaier’s Park in Mahanoy City was awarded a state grant Thursday, according to State Rep. Dane Watro (R-116) and State Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

“I am more than pleased to see this funding approved for the Mahony City Borough,” said Rep. Watro. “These new installations will provide members of our communities with a newly improved park to enjoy with their families.”

“Kaier’s Park is the culmination of many years of hard work by the people of Mahanoy City,” said Senator Argall. “Because of their efforts, a blighted eyesore is now a beautiful park that the whole community can enjoy. I’m thankful they were awarded this highly competitive funding to continue improving the site.”

Mahanoy City Borough was awarded $80,000 to further develop Kaier’s Park, including installing new play equipment, lighting, and utilities; improving the landscaping; and making other improvements to the site.

The park was built at the site of the former Kaier Brewery, which was once one of the largest breweries in the country and a local landmark. Decades ago, the building was abandoned and over time became blighted. It was ultimately demolished in 2017, in part thanks to a state grant secured by Senator Argall and former Rep. Neal Goodman.

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