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10/27/2017

Wolf Administration Visits with Hazleton Mayor, Local Officials About Revitalization Efforts Including Local Parks, Trail Connections

Hazleton, PA -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined Hazleton officials today in a conversation about how local parks and trails are assisting in community revitalization efforts.

The visit by Wolf Administration officials included tours of Center City and Altmiller parks, and the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails.

“Local parks and recreation, and nearby trails, contribute to the vibrancy of our communities across Pennsylvania and the health of our children and citizens,” Dunn said. “We congratulate Hazleton on its efforts to revitalize public spaces, connect places and people to trails, and provide close-to-home recreation for its residents -- that’s what makes our communities thrive.”

Hazleton is currently working on the redevelopment of Altmiller Park supported by a DCNR grant. Work will include new basketball courts, bleachers, parking, and lighting.

The secretary also learned about potential projects to construct a new Center City Park that would include a pedestrian plaza and performance stage downtown, and about a 3.5-mile addition to the Great Hazleton Rails to Trails that would connect to Eckley Miner’s Historic Site.

The approximately 16-mile rail trail is one of the connecting links to the spine of the D&L Trail, which is the historic pathway that carried coal and iron from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia that today connects people to heritage and nature, and draws visitors that support economic development.

For more information about how DCNR grants support communities visit the DCNR website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101; cnovak@pa.gov 

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