HARRISBURG, Pa. (October 29) – A project funded through the federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program administered by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has been named an ‘Outstanding Project’ by the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA).
At its recent conference held in Duluth, Minnesota, SOBA recognized Bristol Borough, located in Bucks County, for its grant-funded addition of transient day-docks along its riverfront. The pair of floating concrete docks completed in 2017 provide a safe and convenient mooring area for operators of large boats on the Delaware River who wish to tie-up and visit the shops, restaurants and attractions in historic downtown Bristol. The docks can accommodate up to 25 boats at a time.
$1,592,000 of the $3 million project was awarded through a Tier 2 BIG grant in 2013, following a highly competitive process in which Bristol contended against other boating infrastructure projects across the country. The federal grant program is administered in Pennsylvania by the PFBC in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Bristol Borough did a phenomenal job,” said Scott Bollinger, PFBC Statewide Public Access Program Manager. “It was a project that required great vision and perseverance in the face of many obstacles over several years. The recognition is well deserved.”
The BIG program provides grants for transient moorage (tie-ups) serving recreational motorboats 26 feet and longer. Grants may be awarded to public and private operators of open-to-the-public boating facilities, municipal and state agencies and other government entities.
For more information about the BIG program and how to apply, please visit our website.
Mike Parker, Communications Director