Local Tri-County Area Projects Earn Millions in PA Grants

A Colebrookdale Rail Road engine approaches its Steel River station (top) in Pottstown in September 2021

HARRISBURG PA – A new grant from the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, announced Tuesday, May 10, 2022 by Governor Tom Wolf, provides more than $1.57 million for community improvement projects that will benefit Boroughs of Pottstown and Pennsburg; Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick, New Hanover and Upper Frederick Townships, Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust and Montgomery County Green Lane Park.

Additional funds have also been provided for other projects in parts of Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties. The department’s Community Conservation Partnerships program is the annual source of grants for such efforts across the Commonwealth, including what Wolf said will be an investment of $70 million in the 2021-22 financial year.

Allocation of local grants to MontCo entities

Seven projects in the Post’s Montgomery County West Traffic Area have earned state dollars to proceed. They are:

  • the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, $130,000, for the rehabilitation of its Steel River station in Pottstown. His to-do lists include building a patio, pedestrian walkway, and parking area; lighting installations; access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements under the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Limerick Township, $250,000, for the development of the Limerick Community Park. These works will include the construction of softball fields, a pedestrian walkway, a parking area, stormwater management measures; installation of play equipment with safety surfacing required; ADA access, landscaping, project signage and related site improvements;
  • Montgomery County, $75,000, to prepare a master site development plan for the 3,400 acres Green Lane Park in Upper Frederick Canton. A written and bound report offering future directions will be its main product;
  • Montgomery County, $397,800, to develop portions of the Schuylkill River Trail through Township of Lower Pottsgrove and Borough of Pottstown. The money helps defray the cost of building just under a mile of trail between the borough line and the U.S. Route 422 bridge, as well as ADA access, landscaping, project signage and site improvements;
  • The Natural Lands Trust Inc., $500,000, in payment for a conservation easement on approximately 455 acres in New Hanover and Upper Frederick Townships. The county intends to use the property for open space and passive recreation;
  • Borough of Pennsburg, $70,000, to rehabilitate Pennsburg Borough Park, with the construction of an internal loop trail; and installation of play equipment with required safety coating; and
  • Borough of Pottstown, $150,000, for the rehabilitation of Memorial Park along Manatawny Creek in the borough. Chief among the elements of the project is the restored installation of its pedestrian bridge and work to include the stabilization of the 200-foot banks of Manatawny Creek, as well as the creation of a riparian forest buffer zone.

ChesCo awards include East Vincent, East Pikeland projects

Twelve projects have won grants in Chester County, including two in The Post’s traffic area. They are:

  • Township of Vincent East, $300,000 for the development of its Independence Park, with work including the construction of a pavilion, an internal loop path and a parking area; access to the Americans with Disabilities Act, landscaping, a project sign; and other related site improvements; and in
  • East Pikeland Township, $607,400 for the development of its Hidden River Park and Preserve. These works would include the construction of a pavilion, a toilet block, a park maintenance building, a nature playground, pedestrian walkways, a bridge, a terrace of observation, a parking area and stormwater management measures. The amount also covers the installation of fencing and utilities; ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements.

The remaining money allocated only to County of Chester entities totaled more than $6.43 million, applicable to 13 other projects in the county itself, the boroughs of Atglen and Malvern; East Bradford, East Brandywine, Elk, New Garden, Tredyffrin, West Vincent and Westtown Townships; the Land Conservancy for southern Chester County and the Willistown Conservation Trust Inc.

Berks County awards total $893,000

The department also provided approximately $893,000 for five Berks County projects in the boroughs of Fleetwood and Topton, the townships of Muhlenberg and Tulpehocken and the town of Reading.

Photo provided by Colebrookdale Rail Road via YouTube

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