Ken­nett Town­ship gets $225,000 grant for Ken­nett Green­way Trails project

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff Re­port

Four out­door recre­ation and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion projects in Ch­ester County will re­ceive more than $440,000 in state fund­ing through Act 13 Mar­cel­lus Legacy Fund pro­grams. The projects are as fol­lows: • $225,000 for Ken­nett Town­ship for the Ken­nett Green­way Key­stone Trails project, an ini­tia­tive to phys­i­cally con­nect the Ken­nett com­mu­nity to its nat­u­ral beauty through the for­ma­tion of a 10- to 12-mile pedes­trian and bi­cy­cle loop.

• $111,000 for Lon­don Grove for the HOA Trails Paving Project. Fund­ing will be used to pave con­nect­ing trails as­so­ci­ated with the town­ship’s larger trail net­work, in­clud­ing those pro­vid­ing di­rect ac­cess to Go­dard Park. Paving will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce main­te­nance costs, en­hance ac­ces­si­bil­ity to cit­i­zens of all ages and abil­i­ties, in­crease the use of trails, and cre­ate a sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion net­work through ac­cess to heav­ily uti­lized com­mu­nity re­sources.

• $61,900 for Nat­u­ral Lands Trust for the Cas­tle Rock Farm in West Ch­ester. Fund­ing will help ac­quire ap­prox­i­mately 54 acres of the farm in West Brad­ford and Po­cop­son. The ac­qui­si­tion will pro­tect valu­able wa­ter re­sources and en­hance recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties by grant­ing public use of two des­ig­nated trail cor­ri­dors with ac­cess to the Brandy­wine Creek. One trail ex­tends along the en­tire length of the western prop­erty and will al­low safe off-road travel for hik­ers and eques­tri­ans. The other trail is near the south­ern bound­ary and links an ex­ten­sive swath of pro­tected lands to the south­east, in­clud­ing the Myrick Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter.

• $50,000 for Phoenixville to two im­prove two sec­tions of the Schuylkill River Trail. Fund­ing will be used to pave the fi­nal, 3,400 lin­ear feet of un­paved trail in Phoenixville.

State Sen. Andy Din­ni­man, D-19, of West White­land, an­nounced the fund­ing.

“These funds will go a long way in pro­vid­ing in­creased op­por­tu­ni­ties for out­door recre­ation and pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing Penn­syl­va­nia’s nat­u­ral trea­sures,” Din­ni­man, who serves on the Sen­ate En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources and En­ergy Com­mit­tee, said.

Din­ni­man is up for re-elec­tion on Nov. 8. He faces Avon­dale Repub­li­can Jack Lon­don.

Ch­ester County’s four projects were part of more than $14 mil­lion in fund­ing ap­proved by the Com­mon­wealth Fi­nance Au­thor­ity to sup­port 94 projects across the state.

The Mar­cel­lus Legacy Fund was cre­ated by Act 13 of 2012 to pro­vide for the dis­tri­bu­tion of un­con­ven­tional gas well im­pact fees to coun­ties, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, and com­mon­wealth agen­cies.

To date, the fee has gen­er­ated more than $1 bil­lion to sup­port en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion projects and lo­cal com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives.

The pro­grams are ad­min­is­tered jointly by the Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, and the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion, un­der the di­rec­tion of the CFA.

“These funds will go a long way in pro­vid­ing in­creased op­por­tu­ni­ties for out­door recre­ation and pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing Penn­syl­va­nia’s nat­u­ral trea­sures.” — State Sen. Andy Din­ni­man, D-19, of West White­land

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