WEST CHESTER (October 26) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that four outdoor recreation and environmental conservation projects in Chester County will receive more than $440,000 in state funding through Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund programs.

The projects are as follows:

  • autumn-1036744_1920$225,000 for Kennett Township for the Kennett Greenway Keystone Trails project, an initiative to physically connect the Kennett community to its natural beauty through the formation of a 10 to 12-mile pedestrian and bicycle loop.
  • $111,000 for London Grove Township for the HOA Trails Paving Project. Funding will be used to pave connecting trails associated with the township’s larger trail network, including those providing direct access to Godard Park. Paving will significantly reduce maintenance costs, enhance accessibility to citizens of all ages and abilities, increase the use of trails, and create a sustainable transportation network through access to heavily utilized community resources.
  • $61,900 for Natural Lands Trust for the Castle Rock Farm in West Chester. Funding will help acquire approximately 54 acres of the farm in West Bradford and Pocopson Townships. The acquisition will protect valuable water resources and enhance recreational opportunities by granting public use of two designated trail corridors with access to the Brandywine Creek. One trail extends along the entire length of the western property and will allow safe off-road travel for hikers and equestrians. The other trail is near the southern boundary and links an extensive swath of protected lands to the southeast, including the Myrick Conservation Center.
  • $50,000 for the Borough of Phoenixville to two improve two sections of the Schuylkill River Trail. Funding will be used to pave the final, 3,400 linear feet of unpaved trail in Phoenixville.

“These funds will go a long way in providing increased opportunities for outdoor recreation and preserving and protecting Pennsylvania’s natural treasures,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said.

Chester County’s four projects were part of more than $14 million in funding approved by the Commonwealth Finance Authority to support 94 projects across the state.

The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies.

To date, the fee has generated more than $1 billion to support environmental conservation projects and local community initiatives.

The programs are administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Environmental Protection, under the direction of the CFA.