Erie County Recreation Projects Share $390,500 in State Grants

Recreation improvement projects for Erie County municipalities in the 49th Senatorial District were awarded $390,500 in Community Parks, Small Community and Partnership grants by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, according to Senator Dan Laughlin.

Albion Borough was awarded $20,500 to prepare a Master Site Development Plan for the 57-acre Albion Borough Park.

The Erie Bird Observatory will receive $100,000 for an economic impact analysis of birding in Northwest Pennsylvania, conduct a bird-based programming and marketing plan, and study the feasibility of a dedicated birding visitor center at Presque Isle State Park.

Fairview Township was awarded $230,000 for improvements at Pleasant Ridge Park, including renovation of access drive and parking area, construction of stormwater management measures and installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing.

Wesleyville Borough will receive $40,000 for improvements at Memorial Park, including installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, landscaping and other related site improvements.

“These grants represent a sizeable investment by the state in the development of recreational areas around Erie County,” Senator Laughlin said. “These parks and recreational facilities are a tremendous asset and these grants will provide new opportunities and improve the quality of life for everyone in the region.”

Contact:         Matt Azeles                 mazeles@pasen.gov