Royersford, Schwenksville Win PECO Green Grants

PHILADELPHIA PA – The western Montgomery County boroughs of Royersford and Schwenksville are among 19 municipalities and non-profit organizations scheduled to share $150,000 in grant money awarded by PECO Energy under its Green Region Open Space Program, the company announced Wednesday (March 31, 2021). All funding will be used to “improve sustainability across the Greater Philadelphia region,” it added.

Royersford’s grant application said intends to use PECO’s money in rehabilitating the trestle bridge that will connect a borough trail to the Schuylkill River Trail, providing a safe passage for walkers and bikers without using any traffic areas, according to a company media release.

Schwenksville grant application will benefit the borough’s Willow Garden Installation Project with Water Fountain, under a borough council resolution considered last October.

Grant amounts were expected to range between about $5,000 and $10,000 each. Specific amounts awarded to recipients were not mentioned.

“Our open spaces and park systems are both essential infrastructure, and critical to our region’s quality of life,” the release noted. “They connect us with nature, and with one another; and an investment in our open spaces brings the greatest return.” The environmental grant program will be used elsewhere in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties for everything from improving storm water systems to expanding one municipality’s urban tree canopy, it added.

Natural Lands, described by PECO as “the Greater Philadelphia region’s oldest and largest land conservation organization,” administers the fund on the company’s behalf. To date PECO has awarded more than $2.5 million to nearly 324 projects focused on open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, and environmental conservation.

2020 photo of life in Schwenksville’s water garden by The Post