Centre County to receive $1.5 million in recreation grants

Almost $1.5 million in state Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants will be disbursed to Centre County recreational programs, state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, announced Thursday.

The grants, administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, provides technical and financial assistance to local governments and organizations for improving and creating recreational areas, according to a news release.

The local grants are part of $38 million statewide package.

In Centre County, four local governments and one agency will create additional recreational opportunities for residents:

•  Benner Township will receive $115,000 for the development of the Spring Creek Canyon Trail, which will run 1.2 miles from Rock Road to Shiloh Road along Spring Creek. There will be two trailheads, handicapped access, signs and other improvements.


ClearWater Conservancy

will receive $565,500 to purchase 281 acres off Whitetail Lane near Rothrock State Forest on Tussey Mountain in Harris and Ferguson townships for forest habitat and passive recreation.

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rguson Township will be awarded $200,000 to develop Westfield-Hillside Farm Estates Park, including construction of a pavilion and multipurpose field and installation of play equipment and a pedestrian walkway. It includes parking and stormwater control measures, as well as ADA access and landscaping.


Philipsburg will receive $400,000 to rehabilitate the Thirteenth Street Slabtown Playground, which will include a walkway, parking, landscaping and new play equipment.

•  State College will be awarded $25,000 to rehabilitate and further develop High Point Park, including a walkway, ADA access, landscaping, signs and other improvements.

“We are blessed in central Pennsylvania with numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, and I am pleased to announce this assistance to improve these sites and expand the opportunity for residents to get outside and enjoy our parks, trails and waterways,” Corman said in the release.