WEST CHESTER (October 8, 2020) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that multiple Chester County projects will receive over $2.8 million in grants for the acquisition of over 760 acres across the County.

The funds come from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Recreation and Conversation Program.

“Chester County has always been known for our open spaces, parklands, and natural preserves. And with continued investments like these, residents, families, communities and visitors will continue to have a plethora of opportunities to participate in outdoor recreation and enjoy our natural treasures for years to come,” Dinniman said.

The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund.

The acquisition projects are as follows:

  • $958,000 for the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art to acquire approximately 569 acres in Lower Oxford and West Nottingham townships, Chester County for open space protection and passive recreation.
  • $25,100 for Modena Borough to acquire approximately 2.5 acres in Modena Borough, Chester County to establish a public park for passive recreation.
  • $109,300 for Natural Lands Trust, Inc., to acquire approximately 2.7 acres in Upper Uwchlan Townships, Chester County for an addition to the Marsh Creek State Park.
  • $54,400 for New Garden Township to acquire approximately 9.9 acres in New Garden Township, Chester County for an addition to the Mill Race Preserve.
  • $108,000for New Garden Township to acquire approximately 7.8 acres in New Garden Township, Chester County for an addition to the Chandler Woods Preserve.
  • $77,800 for North Coventry Township to acquire approximately 6.3 acres in North Coventry Township, Chester County for an addition to the Coventry Woods Park.
  • $1.5 million for West Bradford Township to acquire approximately 163 acres in West Bradford Township, Chester County to establish a public park for both passive and active recreation.

The DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation specifically aims to assist local governments and recreation and conservation organizations with the funding for projects related to parks, recreation, and conservation. Last year, they awarded over $400,000 to Chester County municipalities for Parks and Outdoor Recreation improvements.