Pa. places $90M towards outside recreation. See what Lehigh Valley initiatives are getting funded.

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More than a dozen Lehigh Valley recreation projects are receiving a $90 million statewide investment in nature.

The grant round is the state’s largest single conservation and recreation grant to date, according to a press release issued after Gov. Tom Wolf announced the grants Tuesday in Lancaster County. A total of 330 projects are funded nationwide.

The Lehigh Valley is getting $3.9 million for projects ranging from hiking trails to skate parks, creek restoration to open space plans. Here are the local grants awarded, listed by municipality.

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ALLENTOWN

Jordan Skate Park receives $398,600 for development, including walkways, grandstands, fences and lighting.

An additional $100,000 was awarded to help the city develop a recreation, parks and open spaces plan.

BETHLEHEM

The Monocacy Way Trail will benefit from $441,000 for the construction of a 1.5-mile trail from Schoenersville Road to the D&L Trail, along with other improvements.

Fairview Park will receive $105,000 for redevelopment work including a new multipurpose court and play area, accessibility, landscaping and other improvements.

EAST ALL TWP.

Northampton County will receive $300,000 for the Nor-Bath Trail to build a new segment of trail from Jacksonville Road in East Allen to Mill Street in Bath, as well as access improvements and other improvements.

EASTON

The Wildlands Conservancy will receive $140,000 to remove a Bushkill Creek dam and other rehabilitation work along a 2-mile stretch. (The federal government also recently granted $1 million to remove a bushkill dam.)

Vanderveer Park will receive $115,000 for loop trail development, accessibility and other improvements.

Emmaus

Lions Community Field receives $318,400 to renovate a baseball field, build a loop trail, improve access and other improvements.

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP.

The Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary will receive $335,000 through the Wildlife Conservancy to build a pedestrian walkway and bridge, improve access and make other improvements.

NORTH WHITEHALL TWP.

Trexler Nature Preserve Trail System awarded $350,000 to build 1 mile of new trails and rehabilitate an additional 2 miles, including access and landscaping improvements. The reserve, which includes the Lehigh Valley Zoo, extends into the township of Lowhill.

PLAINFIELD CITY

Northampton County will receive $654,000 Two Rivers Trail to build a 1.2-mile new trail from Henry Road in Bushkill Township to Route 191 in Plainfield, as well as other improvements.

Gall Farm Preserve will benefit from $300,000 awarded to Northampton County for the construction of sidewalks, a parking lot, stormwater management systems, improved access and other improvements.

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP.

Covered Bridge Park will receive $98,300 to build a pavilion, improve access and other improvements.

UPPER MOUNTAIN BETHEL TWP.

A study for the Northern Animal Trail is supported with a US$25,000 grant. The report covers the development of the trail from Minsi Lake Park in Upper Mount Bethel to the Delaware River in Portland.

WHITEHALL TWP.

$22,000 will help the community explore the potential for a recreation center.

An additional $36,800 will go towards developing a community plan for recreation, parks and open spaces.

WILLIAMS TWP.

Fry’s Run will benefit from $120,000 awarded to the Wildlands Conservancy for the rehabilitation of a 900-foot stretch, including riverbank stabilization and habitat improvement.

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