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Dinniman: West Chester to Get $200K for John O. Green Park
WEST CHESTER (October 12, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that West Chester Borough will receive a $200,000 grant to improve John O. Green Memorial Park located at South Matlack and East Miner streets in the borough’s East End.
“John O. Green Park offers a safe place for children to play away from the street and a nice spot to cool down in the hot summer months for those who may not have easy access to a pool,” Dinniman said. “It may not be all that large, but it’s vital to our community and important to so many kids, families and parents in the borough’s East End. This grant funding will help ensure that we continue to maintain, improve and enhance so that it can continue to be enjoyed for years to come.”
The grant funding, which comes through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’s (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2), will go toward the installation of stormwater management measures, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. It will also include stormwater management measures that will help the Chester Creek watershed.
Currently, the half-acre park, named for a former borough police chief, includes a play area and a water feature that people from all over the borough use in the summer to keep their children cool.
Several years ago, Dinniman was pivotal in working to have Aqua America donate water spray equipment to the park following an accident in which a gas main was ruptured by a crew working nearby on Miner Street.
The source of funding for the C2P2 grant is the Keystone Fund, which is currently celebrating 25 years of supporting thousands of community improvements in Pennsylvania.