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State officials announce $190,000 in grants for trail projects

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-18th, and state Reps. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and Peter Schweyer, D-22nd, announced the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded a total of $190,000 to Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and Bethlehem City in recreation and conservation grants through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), specifically for trail projects.

“Through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the commonwealth is able to partner in local initiatives to improve the quality of life in our community,” Boscola said. “The Lehigh Valley is blessed with a wonderful trail network, and these grants will assist in further planning to expand upon that network that our residents enjoy and visitors travel here to use.”

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor was awarded $150,000 to prepare a trail study for the development of approximately 3.9 miles of the D&L Trail in Hanover Township (Lehigh County), Whitehall Township and Allentown City.

“The proposed trail would create a healthy recreation and transportation opportunity for people of all ages, and I am pleased to help secure this funding,” McNeill said.

Trails help people avoid congested streets and highways and allow people to travel through natural areas either on foot or nonmotorized transportation, according to Schweyer.

“Trails have become sources of community identity and pride and provide people with attractive, safe and low- or no-cost places to cycle, walk, hike, jog or skate,” he said.

Bethlehem City was awarded $40,000 to prepare a study for the development of a pedestrian bridge over the Lehigh River in Bethlehem City, Northampton County.

The C2P2 program is administered by DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, rail and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits for park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.

The recreation and conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources, including the Environmental Stewardship Fund and the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust.