Midvalley, Upvalley initiatives obtain grants for out of doors leisure enhancements | State

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Outdoor recreation improvement projects in Midvalley and Upvalley will receive $636,000 in grants, State Assemblyman Kyle Mullins, D-112, Blakely, announced Friday.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded Jessup $561,000 to redevelop the Jessup Sports Complex, Mullins said. According to Mullins, the DCNR also awarded the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority $75,000 for an interpretive and landmark signage program on its Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Carbondale and Olyphant.

Work on the Jessup Sports Complex includes construction of pedestrian walkways, parking lots and stormwater management measures, installation of play equipment with necessary safety surfacing and fencing, access to the law for Americans with disabilities, landscaping, a project sign and other related improvements. said Mullins.

The grants come from the DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, he said.

“These state dollars will improve outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors to our communities,” Mullins said in a statement. “I want to thank the state for recognizing the importance of these projects, and I will always be strongly committed to efforts to improve the quality of life for residents of our region.”

— FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY