Reese, Ward Announce CFA grants for Mount Pleasant and Ligonier Areas
HARRISBURG- Rep. Mike Reese (R-Mount Pleasant) and Sen. Kim Ward (R-Greensburg) announced Wednesday that two projects in their legislative districts have been awarded grants through the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Finance Authority’s (CFA) Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.

Specifically, Mount Pleasant Township will be awarded a $47,500 grant for improvements to its recreation and park facilities. The Loyalhanna Watershed Association will be awarded a $89,760 grant for an ongoing project to improve open green space and construct a walking trail.

“The needs expressed to me by both Mount Pleasant Township and the Loyalhanna Watershed Association match almost exactly with the intent of this grant program,” Reese said. “I know that the benefits of these projects will be long term for a lot of residents.”

Mount Pleasant Township will use its grant to upgrade equipment at the Norvelt Pony Field location. The township currently hosts an arts and crafts program at the site, which also includes a pavilion, playground and walking track. In addition, Mount Pleasant Township has a Learn to Swim program. Both programs are free to township residents.

The Loyalhanna Watershed Association, located in Ligonier Township, will use the awarded funds to remove a vacant building and construct a 1,500-foot walking trail. This work represents the final phase of the association’s project on 140 acres of farmland along Old Route 30. Nearly $1.5 million of its $2 million fundraising goal has already been met with contributions from private foundations and individuals.

“I am glad to see this region being recognized by the Commonwealth Finance Authority,” Ward said. “Boosts like these go a long way for these great neighborhoods.”

Act 13 of 2012, which established Pennsylvania’s impact fee paid by natural gas companies for non-conventional gas wells, created the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using this grant program. The CFA fielded 460 grant applications asking for a total $69.5 million. Less than $17 million was awarded.

“These grants were competitive and I am happy to see these dollars come into the 59th Legislative District,” Reese said. “This is a big win for both the Mount Pleasant and Ligonier areas.”

Representative Mike Reese
59th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Raymond Smith
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