Silver Spring Township, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined Silver Spring Township officials in a playground dedication at Paul Walters Memorial Park. She discussed how Restore Pennsylvania could benefit conservation and green infrastructure in Cumberland County and throughout the state.
“These improvements are essential to meeting demands of this rapidly growing municipality -- and throughout the state -- just as Restore Pennsylvania is critical in addressing the infrastructure needs of its communities, state forests, and parks,” Dunn said. “With Restore, DCNR could offer more grant funding and technical assistance to empower communities like Silver Spring to make changes and improvements.”
Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth's vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.
Named for a township patrolman struck and killed by a car in 1975, Paul Walters Memorial Park has been improved to include a new playground, large parking area, walkways, and landscaping. All will support existing ballfields and service surrounding and rapidly growing residential areas.
Park development plans also call for construction of pavilions; a pedestrian walkway; access roads and parking; and installation of playground equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access; landscaping; signage; and other related improvements.
“Paul Walters Memorial Park is a place where people can gather, share community, and be active. We’re excited to open the new playground to the community and look forward to working on the next phase of the park,” said Silver Spring Township Parks and Recreation Manager Kristy Moore. “This open space area is in the heart of thousands of residential homes so the addition of trails and other activity areas, will help to promote health and wellness, and provide safe connections to nearby restaurants and shops.”
The project funded in part by a DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant in the amount of $350,000. DCNR has invested nearly $700,000 in funding over the past 15 years to help Silver Spring enhance recreation and open space.
Learn more about the Restore Pennsylvania plan.
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