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Toohil, Yudichak Announce State Grants for Park Projects in Hazleton
10/24/2016
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced the awarding of state grants to the City of Hazleton that will help fund two park projects. The grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at a meeting in Harrisburg.

Hazleton will receive a $115,000 grant through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program for Phase II development of the new Center City Park, which is located at a blighted, half-acre vacant lot. Phase I was completed last December. The project includes the excavation of a building foundation and demolition of site features, addition of compacted fill, construction of a new pedestrian plaza and walkways, performance stage, ADA parking and ramps, new pedestrian lighting, as well as new furnishings and landscaping. The total project cost is $499,000.

“I am so pleased this funding was approved. The new park will serve as the nucleus of the city’s revitalized downtown core, and will complement a new City Arts Center, soon to be under development,” said Toohil. “It will not only provide a venue for special events, farmer’s markets and festivals, but it will also increase surrounding property values and the municipal tax base, as well as enhancing our area’s quality of life.”

Hazleton was also awarded a $102,135 grant through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program for improvements to Altmiller Park. The city plans to construct three new basketball courts, with fencing and bleachers, to replace the current basketball and tennis courts. New lighting and eight additional parking spots will also be installed. The total project cost is $224,381.

“I was pleased to work with Representative Toohil to secure funds for these important projects in the City of Hazleton,” said Yudichak. “The residents of Luzerne County will reap the benefits of improving our parks and recreation areas for years to come.”

The CFA funding was generated through impact fees paid by drilling companies in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region to be used for statewide initiatives, including abandoned mine drainage abatement; abandoned well plugging; sewage treatment; greenways, trails and recreation; baseline water quality data; watershed restoration; and flood control.

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth and holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
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