–House Republican Caucus Chairman George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) today announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has awarded funds to two recreation projects in the 56th Legislative District through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.
“Local governments often look to expand recreational opportunities to help keep their communities a safe place to live, work and play,” said Dunbar. “So, when the Commonwealth can partner with them to complete these projects, it is certainly a win-win.”
To expand a growing network of walking trails in and around Trafford Borough, $140,000 was awarded to make the B-Y Park Walking Trail more accessible to those with disabilities.
In North Huntingdon Township, local officials are seeking to build pickleball courts at Oak Hollow Park off Morris Avenue. The project, sought by both Dunbar and Rep. Eric Davanzo (R-Westmoreland), was awarded $100,000. Both members represent North Huntingdon Township. Support for both projects also came from Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland).
“More and more, Pennsylvania residents are looking for ways to spend time with their family and friends while improving their health. These projects are a way to increase access and opportunities to do just that.” said Dunbar. “Both Sen. Ward and Rep. Davanzo understand this as well and I am glad that our joint effort was effective.”
“For more than a decade, the natural gas impact fee has benefited communities across our Commonwealth including right here in Westmoreland County,” said Ward. “This is a perfect example of how natural gas drilling has helped fund local projects in our communities, making us stronger while also advancing our state’s economy to put our nation on a path to energy independence.”
Established in 2004, the CFA is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development. The awards for these projects are funded by the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which was established by Act 13 of 2012
. The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program allocates funding for development and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks, and beautification projects.