Coatesville will get $25,000 grant for out of doors health middle – Day by day Native


COATESVILLE – The Alliance for Health Equity received a $25,000 grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation for the Greening Coatesville Initiative and Outdoor Fitness Center as part of the foundation’s 2022 Keep Communities Flowing grant program.

The fitness center will be located in Victor Abdala Sr. Park, a 8-acre park between Olive Street and the Lincoln Highway. Surrounded by grass and a nearby playground, the park is adjacent to Scott Middle School and considered the gateway to the city from east to west. Abdala Park is used by local residents, various organizations and clubs including the Coatesville Kid Raiders Football League, an amateur rugby organization. It is also home to the city’s Sounds of Summer Music Series.

“Pennsylvania American Water is a long-standing community partner in the City of Coatesville, and thanks to the Alliance for Health Equity, the city will benefit from the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant,” said Coatesville City Manager James Logan. “The award will help fund construction of an outdoor fitness center and continue the Parks and Recreation Commission’s efforts to improve our city parks by encouraging new park experiences through healthy and educational activities. We are proud to partner with Pennsylvania American Water and the Alliance for Health Equity.”

The outdoor fitness initiative was launched after the city received a $30,000 Healthy Cities Grant from the National Fitness Campaign Foundation to build a state-of-the-art, free outdoor fitness and health center. The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission coordinates fitness programs and health activities to attract and enhance the city’s diversity equity and inclusion initiatives. The outdoor fitness center will inspire group exercise, health gatherings and events with screenings, mental health resources and relationship building.

“As a trusted partner in developing substantial solutions to address complex health, social and economic conditions in the Greater Coatesville area, the Alliance for Health Equity is pleased to receive this grant as part of our Greening Coatesville initiative, where we focus on transforming everyday environments, such as z parks and playgrounds to bring health, justice and dignity to underserved communities,” said Nicholas Torres, interim president and CEO of the Alliance for Health Equity.

The American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing grant program focuses on three pillars of giving: water, people, and communities. This year, nearly $175,000 was donated through this program to community organizations across the Commonwealth working to improve the natural environment where Pennsylvania American Water customers and employees live, work and play.

“The American Water Charitable Foundation is excited to partner with organizations across the Pennsylvania American Water footprint to provide equitable and accessible projects and programs focused on clean water, environmental education, access to recreation and more,” said Carrie Williams , President of the American Water Charitable Foundation .