Ward Announces Grants to Improve Three Blair County Parks

HARRISBURG – State grants awarded today by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will fund numerous improvements to three local parks in Blair County, according to Senator Judy Ward (R-30).

A grant of nearly $200,000 will support the rehabilitation and further development of Leopold Park in Logan Township.  Some of the improvements will include construction of a comfort station and rain garden; renovation of pedestrian walkways and pedestrian bridge; and installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, bleachers and utilities.

“These improvements to the park are badly needed, but even more exciting is the train-viewing area planned for the park that will allow visitors to watch trains as they travel to and from the Horseshoe Curve,” said Cassandra Schmick, Logan Township Planner.

A $127,500 grant will aid in the development of Fort Roberdeau in Tyrone Township.  The work will include construction of a comfort station, pedestrian walkways and parking area.

“We are really excited to provide better ADA accessibility and complete some major site improvements to the buildings and grounds,” said Glenn Nelson, Fort Roberdeau Director.  “Making access easier, particular for the elderly and people with disabilities, has been a priority. These improvements will allow visitors to get closer and enjoy the historic resources.”

A $90,000 grant was also awarded to Bellwood-Antis Community Park, Antis Township.  The funding will include renovation of parking areas and access drive, construction of pedestrian walkways, stormwater management measures and picnic area.

“We are pleased to have such great support from our state agencies to help us improve the quality of life for our residents,” said Lucas Martsolf, Antis Township Manager.

“Each of these local parks offer a great source of recreational opportunities in the community, and these grants will help even more local residents enjoy these benefits,” Ward said. “I look forward to seeing the improvements that will result from this funding, and I appreciate the fact that these grants will make all three of these parks more accessible to all members of the community.”

The grants were awarded as part of DCNR’s Community Conservation and Partnerships Program, which assists local governments and recreation and conservation organizations with funding for a variety of community improvement projects. 

CONTACT:  Cheryl Schriner (717) 787-5490

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