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Friday, February 28, 2020

PENNSYLVANIA FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION AWARDS BOATING FACILITY GRANTS

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today awarded more than $500,000 in boating facility grants to assist with twelve projects in eleven counties.

Recipients of the grants, including local governments and eligible nonprofit groups, successfully applied for funding to assist with the planning, acquisition, development, expansion or rehabilitation of public boating access areas. Funds awarded through the program will be used to provide or improve public recreational boat access facilities that are open and available for general public use.

"Making our recreational waterways safer, more welcoming, and accessible is a priority for our agency," said Richard Lewis, PFBC Boating-At-Large Commissioner and Chair of the PFBC Boating Committee. "We're excited to partner with others to get these projects going."

Grants awarded through this program can be used for site acquisition, project design, construction and major rehabilitation of recreational boat access facilities. Activities will benefit and directly support public recreational boating.

"These grants represent additional opportunities for boaters across the Commonwealth," said Charlie Charlesworth, PFBC Boating-At-Large Commissioner. "Creating those opportunities requires resources and these dollars are being well-invested."

The boating facility grants include:
Armstrong County; Manor Township, Fort Run Park Canoe/Kayak Launch, Allegheny River
Berks County; Schuylkill River Greenways, Yarnell Park Access, Schuylkill River
Berks County; Muhlenberg Township, Jim Dietrich Park Water Trail Landing, Schuylkill River
Chester County; North Coventry Township, Riverside Park, Schuylkill River
Cumberland County; Borough of Camp Hill, Creek Road Kayak Launch, Conodoguinet Creek
Crawford County; Cochranton Area Redevelopment Effort, Cochranton Landing, French Creek, Crawford County
Dauphin County; Lower Swatara Township, Fulling Mill Boat Launch, Swatara Creek
Delaware County; Natural Lands Trust, Inc., Stroud Preserve Boat Launch, East Branch of Brandywine Creek
Huntingdon County; Mapleton Borough, Riverside Memorial Park, Juniata River
Montgomery County; Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, Collegeville Access Project, Perkiomen Creek
Philadelphia County; Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Glen Foerd Kayak Dock, Poquessing Creek and Delaware River
Westmoreland County; Conemaugh Valley Conservancy, Seward Fifth Street River Access, Conemaugh River

All projects funded for this round of grants must be completed by December 31, 2022.

The PFBC expects to issue additional calls for proposals in the coming months to support projects that will connect anglers and boaters to Pennsylvania waterways. More information about the Boating Facility Grant Program can be found on the PFBC website.

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