Local organizations awarded grants for recreation, environmental projects

Centre Hall borough and ClearWater Conservancy have been awarded funding through Community Conservation Partnership Program grants.

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, announced the grants in a press release Friday.

“The money is vital in encouraging the development of recreational sites and environmental preservation projects that improve the quality of life in our communities,” he said in the release. “At the same time, these projects help to encourage economic development and create jobs.”

Centre Hall received $190,000 for the development of the Tri-Municipal Park in Potter Township. The project will include construction of parking areas, an access drive, walkways, sports fields, nature-play area and volleyball courts, the release said.

According to the release, ClearWater, with its $50,000, will be able to construct 12 acres of forest buffers along the West Branch Susquehanna, Juniata and Susquehanna watershed in Centre, Huntingdon and Clinton counties.

The CCPP Program is administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund and several federal funding sources, according to the press release.