Wolf Administration Announces $630,000 Grant for Construction of Rolling Hills Aquatic Center in Peters Township

Peters Township, Pennsylvania — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today that a $631,000 grant has been awarded to the Township of Peters to help construct a new aquatic Center.

“This grant will help bring much needed outdoor water recreation to an area that lacked such facilities,” Dunn said. “The township has a wonderful plan to create a beautiful all-inclusive community park and we look forward to seeing the completion of the master plan. I hope it will have a significant impact on this community for future generations and thank township officials for making this important project a priority. »

The new Rolling Hills Park Aquatic Center will include a swimming pool, wading pool, lazy river, change rooms, concessions and parking. The aquatic center is part of a master plan to convert the site from a 98-acre golf course to a community park for outdoor recreation including walking, hiking and biking.

“This grant is a great example of how a partnership between the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and a municipality makes it easier to build an incredible recreational facility that families can enjoy for years to come,” said the director of the Peters Township, Paul F. Lauer. . “Examples of how the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources supports and promotes the development of parks and recreation facilities can be seen not only in our township’s parks, but throughout Pennsylvania.”

The DCNR awards grants to a myriad of projects across the Commonwealth each year, including an investment of $70 million in the 2021-22 financial year. Its Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants can fund:

  • Planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas
  • Motorized and non-motorized trails
  • Conservation and access to the river
  • Heritage spaces and equipment
  • Conservation of critical habitat, natural areas and open spaces

Eligible applicants for these grants include counties, municipalities, municipal agencies, nonprofit organizations, state heritage areas, prequalified land trusts, and for-profit businesses. Funding for the program comes from a variety of state funding sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, Environmental Stewardship Fund, ATV and Snowmobile Management Restricted Accounts, Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program, and federal sources. , including the Recreational Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The DCNR selects the most appropriate source of funding depending on the applicant and the proposed project.

Learn more about the DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program grants on the DCNR website.

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