County legislative delegation announces grants for local communities

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Reps. Neal P. Goodman (D-Schuylkill), Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin), and Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon), as well as state Sen. David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks), today announced Auburn, Mahanoy City, Saint Clair, and Shenandoah boroughs will receive grants for community improvement projects.

Auburn Borough will receive $40,000 for playground equipment and other improvements to Auburn Park. Mahanoy City Borough will receive $40,000 to install a fitness station at Kaier’s Park. Saint Clair Borough will receive $40,000 to renovate basketball courts at the Third Street Playground. Shenandoah Borough will receive $40,000 to further develop Girard Park.

The grants are awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) through its Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The program is funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1), and several federal funding sources.

“The Community Conservation Partnerships Program is a highly competitive grant program,” Goodman said. “I applaud these communities for their successful applications, and I thank DCNR for continuing to invest in Schuylkill County.”

“I am excited that these grants have been awarded to Schuylkill County,” said Argall. “This money will be used to help revitalize communities by providing and maintaining recreational areas where families can come together and children can exercise and have fun. More than anything, this continues to prove the value of public-private partnerships and the opportunities they have to invest in our communities. A special thank you to all of those who have helped bring these funds to our communities.”

“Residents of these communities stand to gain great recreational opportunities as a result of these grants,” said Tobash. “This funding will help make needed improvements and will go a long way to impact our natural environment, promote tourism and economic growth in our local communities.”