Tri-County Area Local Projects Win Millions in PA Grants

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

HARRISBURG PA – New grant funding from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, announced Tuesday (May 10, 2022) by Gov. Tom Wolf, provides more than $1.57 million for community improvement projects that will benefit Pottstown and Pennsburg boroughs; Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick, New Hanover, and Upper Frederick townships, the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, and Montgomery County’s Green Lane Park.

Additional funding was awarded as well to other projects in portions of Montgomery, Chester, and Berks counties. The department’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program is the annual source for grants to these efforts across the commonwealth, including what Wolf said was a $70 million investment during the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Local grant awards to MontCo entities

Seven projects in The Post’s western Montgomery County circulation area won state dollars to proceed. They are:

  • The Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, $130,000, for rehabilitation of its Steel River Station in Pottstown. Its lists of tasks include construction of a patio, pedestrian walkway and parking area; lighting installations; Americans with Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements;
  • Limerick Township, $250,000, for development of Limerick Community Park. That work will include construction of softball fields, a pedestrian walkway, parking area, storm water management measures; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, a project sign, and related site improvements;
  • Montgomery County, $75,000, to prepare a master site development plan for the 3,400-acre Green Lane Park in Upper Frederick Township. A written, bound report offering future guidance will be its primary product;
  • Montgomery County, $397,800, to develop portions of the Schuylkill River Trail across Lower Pottsgrove Township and Pottstown Borough. The money helps to cover the cost of building slightly less than a mile of trail from the borough line to the U.S. Route 422 bridge, along with ADA access, landscaping, project signage, and site improvements;
  • The Natural Lands Trust Inc., $500,000, as payment toward 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;
  • Pennsburg Borough, $70,000, to rehabilitate Pennsburg Borough Park, with construction of internal loop trail; and installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; and
  • Pottstown Borough, $150,000, for rehabilitation of Memorial Park along the Manatawny Creek in the borough. Chief among project items in the restored installation of its pedestrian bridge, and work to include stream bank stabilization of 200 feet of Manatawny Creek, as well as creating a riparian forest buffer.

ChesCo awards include East Vincent, East Pikeland projects

Twelve projects won grants in Chester County, with two among them in The Post’s circulation area. They are:

  • East Vincent Township, $300,000 for development of its Independence Park, with work to include construction of a pavilion, an internal loop trail and parking area; Americans with Disabilities Act access, landscaping, a project sign; and other related site improvements; and in
  • East Pikeland Township, $607,400 for development of its Hidden River Park and Preserve. That work would include construction of a pavilion, comfort station, a park maintenance building, nature play area, pedestrian walkways, a bridge, an observation deck, parking area, and storm water management measures. The amount also covers installation of fencing and utilities; ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements.

Remaining money awarded solely to Chester County entities totaled more than $6.43 million, applicable to 13 other projects in the county itself, Atglen and Malvern boroughs; 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 awarded about $893,000 for five Berks County projects in Fleetwood and Topton boroughs, Muhlenberg and Tulpehocken townships, and the city of Reading.

Photo provided by the Colebrookdale Rail Road via YouTube