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SAP&DC Announces Grant Awards for the Regional Greenways Mini-Grants Program

ALTOONA, Pa. – The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC), with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), has awarded over $130,000 in grant funding to local communities in the Southern Alleghenies Region. This funding was provided through the Southern Alleghenies Regional Greenways Mini-Grants Program, which aims to provide funding for projects that support the implementation of the overall purpose and goals identified in the Southern Alleghenies Greenways and Open Space Network Plan. This is Round 3 of the Mini-Grants Program offered in the region. Funding for this program was provided by DCNR through the Environmental Stewardship (Growing Greener 1) Fund.

The Mini-Grants Program was open to planning, technical assistance, and development projects located within the Southern Alleghenies Region.  Eligible projects were required to support the goals of the region’s Greenways and Open Space Network Plan, including: conserve important natural resources, expand recreation opportunities, celebrate cultural heritage, bolster economic development, increase pedestrian and bicycle mobility, and promote healthy lifestyles. Any municipality, council of government, conservation district, land trust, non-profit organization, designated heritage area, or redevelopment authority was eligible to submit an application. Applications for proposed projects were received this spring.

Awards were granted to projects within Somerset, Blair, and Huntingdon Counties. The selected projects will create additional recreation opportunities in the region, explore the feasibility of existing greenway corridors for future development, upgrade and improve community park facilities, and expand tourist activities and amenities that highlight the region. The following projects have been awarded:

  • Master Plan for the Main Line Canal Greenway and the September 11th National Memorial Trail in Huntingdon County: $12,461.00. Huntingdon County:  This grant award will support the feasibility planning for the Mainline Canal Greenway and September 11th Memorial Trail that is being planned through Huntingdon County to the Mifflin County border.
  • Bellwood-Antis Park Improvements and Further Development: $50,000.00. Antis Township, Blair County: This grant award will be used to further develop the Bellwood-Antis Community Park. It will help to connect people to the outdoors through expanded recreation opportunities and experiences. These improvements will include:  16-21 parking spaces, and the relocation of both the sand volleyball court and the basketball court.
  • Greenwood Park Improvements: $19,475.00. Logan Township, Blair County: This grant award will be used to fund the installation of a picnic pavilion at the far end of the park, and to resurface the existing hockey rink.  Installation of a bioswale is also planned to handle existing and proposed run-off. 
  • North Shore Trail Development - Phase I: $50,000.00. Somerset County: This grant award is for the development of 1.5 miles of trail alongside Somerset County Lake. The trail will end in a clearing with a large loop to easily turn around strollers and wheelchairs. Funds will also be used to fix trail head parking lot issues as well.

SAP&DC hopes to offer future rounds of funding for the program as additional funding becomes available.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this announcement, please contact Lindsay Pyle, SAP&DC’s Community and Economic Development Program Manager, by phone at (814) 949-6510 or by email at lpyle@sapdc.org.

For more information on the Greenways and Open Space Network Plan or Greenways Mini-Grants Program, please visit www.sapdc.org