Greenway Association Wins Two-Year, $495,000 Grant

A portion of the river trail (at top) along Industrial Highway in Pottstown

POTTSTOWN PA – The borough-based Schuylkill River Greenway Association will receive a grant of $495,000 during the next 24 months that will enable it to close “critical gaps on the Schuylkill River Trail,” improve trail maintenance, and enhance watershed education for historically under-resourced communities.”

The Greenway’s watershed protection program grant, one of 13 totaling $5.9 million, was announced by the William Penn Foundation as the nation observes June as National Trails Month. The foundation program is intended to “secure healthy rivers and streams in the Delaware River watershed,” it said.

Also receiving a grant was Chester County’s Brandywine Conservancy, of $300,000 also over 24 months, to advance circuit and water trails along the Brandywine Creek Greenway in partnerships with municipalities and other stakeholders.

“As more people – including many in urban neighborhoods who have been separated from waterways and natural areas for decades – derive enjoyment and value from the trails, we believe they will become more inclined to help protect and steward nature and clean waterways throughout our region,” foundation Program Director Stuart Clarke said.

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