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10/25/2018

Wolf Administration Announces State Investment for Trail Projects in Montgomery County

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced grant funding for two trail projects in Montgomery County: creating a 1-mile section of the Cross County Trail in Whitemarsh Township and a 3/4-mile segment of the Tookany Creek Trail in Cheltenham Township. A total investment of $350,000 in these two projects will help the communities link natural resources to community revitalization and improve well-being for residents by increasing recreation opportunities in the county.

“Local parks and trails improve the everyday lives of people of all places, ages, and backgrounds, while serving as a primary venue for outdoor recreation for Pennsylvanians,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are happy to assist these communities in Montgomery County create spaces where people can walk a trail, play outdoors, and enjoy nature close-to-home.”

The $200,000 grant to Montgomery County will support the construction of 1-mile of the multi-use Cross County Trail on a large conserved property known as the Erdenheim Farm. The project will include installation of retaining walls, drainage features, benches, and planting of more than 110 trees and shrubs. This segment will partially fill a gap on the trail that will connect the Schuylkill River Trail in Conshohocken and the Wissahickon Trail in Fort Washington State Park.

The $150,000 grant to Cheltenham Township will construct a 10-foot wide paved trail segment in the township-owned Gimbel Field between Harrison Ave. and New Second St. The Tookany Creek Trail is a part of The Circuit -- a large regional trail system. Other partners in the project are the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Through its grant program, DCNR has provided financial and technical assistance support for local park and recreation improvement projects in all 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties.

In Pennsylvania, outdoor recreation generates $29.1 billion in consumer spending, $1.9 billion in state and local tax revenue, $8.6 billion in wages and salaries, and sustains 251,000 direct Pennsylvania jobs.

For more information about DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program grants visit the DCNR website and choose “Grants.”

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

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