State Representative Craig Williams, R-160, announced more than $ 1.1 million in grants to the District’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program.
“As I said during my candidacy for this office, preserving space, reallocating space and improving our outdoor recreation areas is one of my top priorities,” Williams said in a press release. âMy aspiration in the open space is to be able to walk, run or cycle the entire length of the 160e Piece. It starts with smaller municipal projects that we will later bring together for a regional project. I am proud to have supported and advanced funding requests for these local projects.
The Township of Chadds Ford will receive a grant of $ 500,000 for the development of the Chadds Ford Footpath. The trail will include almost 1.5 miles of trail from Fairville Road to Brandywine Battlefield Park as well as intersection improvements. In keeping with our regional planning approach, this trail will be an important link for the planned Octoraro rail test.
The Township of Bethel will receive a grant of $ 243,800 for the acquisition of approximately 20 acres along Bethel Road for passive recreation. This project will preserve the former Shaffer property, including a 17e century log cabin and an 18e farm of the century. The buildings are historically relevant to the area and are used to tell the story of Bethel Township’s rural past.
The Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art will receive an $ 85,000 outreach and technical assistance grant for the Brandywine Creek Greenway. The project will transform an inactive SEPTA rail line into a paved public multi-use path. In keeping with the regional approach, the trail will also serve as a section of the Octoraro Rail Trail with future plans to build a continuous Chadds Ford Trail through Concord Township to Chester Heights.
The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County will receive a grant of $ 315,000 for a conservation and trail easement on approximately 100 acres in Kennett Township for open space and trail connections. These trails are in addition to the 14 mile trail project funded earlier this year in Kennett Township and Kennett Borough. Once these projects are completed, the greater Kennett area will be significantly improved in terms of usable outdoor recreational space, further enhancing its status as a destination.
Funding for these grants comes from the Keystone Fund, generated from a portion of property transfer taxes, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, ATV and snowmobile license fees, and federal money.
âI am grateful that DCNR has recognized the value of our projects,â said Williams. âThese grants are a big step towards a 160e District and will preserve and enhance some of our precious open and recreational spaces for many years to come.