JT Memorial Park and Franklin D&L get state funding – Times News Online


Posted on Dec 31, 2021 9:37 AM

State grants have been awarded for two recreation projects in Carbon County, according to Representative Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, and Senator John Yudichak, I-14. Both lawmakers were instrumental in securing funding through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, which is administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission received $ 194,500 for the development of the D&L Trail in Franklin Township. The project includes the rehabilitation of approximately 1 mile of track from the Franklin Township / Weissport Borough line to Long Run and three culverts, ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements.

“The D&L Trail is used more than ever and has become a major economic driver for the region,” said Heffley. “I’m happy to see this state funding coming back to Carbon County to help develop and maintain the trail, which benefits both local residents and tourists.”

“I would like to thank DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn for her continued support of our recreation areas and outdoor facilities in beautiful Carbon County,” said Yudichak. “The state’s continued investment in the scenic D&L Trail has been important to economic development and the burgeoning tourism industry in the Carbon County region. It is essential that we continue to support these important projects that generate dollars in our communities and improve our outdoor recreation centers and parks.

The Jim Thorpe Borough received $ 79,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of the Jim Thorpe Borough Memorial Park. The project includes the construction of a pedestrian walkway and stormwater management measures, the installation of play equipment and fitness equipment with the required safety coating, ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements.

“The project will separate park equipment by age group for the safety and accessibility of those who use it,” Heffley said. “Improving a community’s recreational opportunities is always a positive thing and I look forward to the completion of this project. “

C2P2 grants were created to promote projects and programs focused on conservation and recreation. They are awarded to municipalities and licensed non-profit organizations for recreation, park and conservation projects. Funding comes from a portion of the property transfer tax, Environmental Stewardship Fund, ATV / snowmobile license fees, and federal funds.

Carbon County’s investment was one of 317 grants awarded by DCNR statewide, totaling $ 70 million, that will revitalize communities, create new recreational opportunities and conserve natural spaces.

Jim Thorpe received $ 79,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of Jim Thorpe Borough Memorial Park. The project includes the construction of a pedestrian walkway and stormwater management measures, the installation of play equipment and fitness equipment with the required safety coating, ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements. TIMES NEWS PHOTO FILE


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