Feb. 13, 2024

HARRISBURG – A municipal park development project in Preston Township has been given a $200,000 boost thanks to a Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) and Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-111).

“The township does not currently own any recreational facilities, so the funding will be used to develop a 4-acre parcel of land to create a critically needed municipal park,” said Preston Township Board of Supervisors CEO Alan Jones. “Plans include the construction of a pavilion and picnic tables, a walking trail for use by area residents and visitors, and the paving of an existing parking lot. It will be a place accessible to persons of all ages especially those with disabilities.”

“We have been told park and recreation opportunities have been linked to crime reduction,” Jones added.

“Every community benefits from having green spaces accessible for families seeking a place to gather, exercise, or relax. Well-designed parks also promote tourism and provide a variety of environmental protections,” Baker said. “With all the demands being placed on municipal budgets, for human and protective services and the maintenance of critical infrastructure, it is often difficult to set aside money for less urgent purposes such as recreation and preservation. This grant provides crucial funding for a significant project that will contribute to the sense of well-being in Preston Township.”

“I am very pleased to support Preston Township in obtaining these dollars. Community enhancement projects are a big deal in the rural 111th District,” Fritz said. “It is all about quality of life and providing a welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike. I look forward to seeing the construction begin on this awesome project.”

Jennifer Wilson (Baker)
Melissa Fox (Fritz) mefox@pahousegop.com