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Grant Awards for Community Parks in Reynoldsville, Brookville and Cherry Tree

December 13, 2013
– House Speaker Sam Smith issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Reynoldsville and Cherry Tree boroughs each received state grants to rehabilitate community parks and Brookville Borough received a grant to develop an historic town square through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2).

“Every community needs places for friends and families to come together to socialize and enjoy the outdoors,” Smith said.  “I am very pleased that these local municipalities have been awarded state funding through a competitive grant program to rehabilitate and create safe areas for people to exercise, be entertained and to enjoy one another’s company.   Municipal budgets are often stretched thin and it becomes challenging to fund recreational projects. I appreciate that community leaders have successfully used this program.”

Smith noted that the C2P2 program funds grants through a variety of funding sources.  The Reynoldsville and Cherry Tree park projects were funded through The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, known as Key 93. The program, now in its 20th year, has supported thousands of municipal and county park projects across the state, and many in Jefferson and Indiana counties.  It provides for the construction and renovation of playgrounds, athletic fields, picnic pavilions and pools.  It has also enabled local libraries to expand and renovate their facilities.

The Brookville project was funded through the Growing Greener Environmental Stewardship Fund.  The program, which Smith authored in 1999, supports conservation and environmental protection projects and was established with a focus on mine reclamation and restoration with a component directed to local parks.

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