WEST CHESTER (November 22) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Commonwealth Finance Authority approved $303,000 in total grant funding for two parks projects in Chester County.

The projects, financed under the Marcellus Legacy Fund, are as follows:

  • West Pikeland Township will receive $250,000 for the acquisition of property at 803 Walnut Street, also known as “Opperman’s Corner,” for the development of a 67-acre community park for passive and active recreation. The location, located near several large developments and easily accessible from Routes 401 and 113, will provide the region with much-needed recreation fields.


  • The French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust will receive $53,000 for the development of an ADA-accessible park and fishing pier on an 8.7-acre wooded parcel at the site of the former Tri Town Sportsmen’s Club property in East Vincent Township. The trust has already made great progress in creating a trail system along the creek connecting East Pikeland to Elverson. The funds will be used for the initial construction phase, which includes completion of the lower parking lot, trail enhancements, entranceway improvements, signage, site clearing and riverbank preparations.


“These grants will help establish public parks and open spaces in some of the places where they are needed the most,” Dinniman said. “These are exciting projects that will bring a plethora of new recreational opportunities like fishing and hiking to the residents of northern Chester County. I look forward to the completion and opening of the new park at Opperman’s Corner and the ADA-accessible fishing park at Tri Town.”

The Marcellus Legacy Fund, established under Act 13 of 2013, allocates funding for the planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects.

The program is funded by impact fees assessed on every well drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation.

In addition, at the same meeting the Commonwealth Finance Authority approved a $34,100 Alternative and Clean Energy Program grant for Aqua America to construct a compressed natural gas fueling station at its West Goshen site.

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s Office at acirucci@pasenate.com or 610-692-2112.