EAST STROUDSBURG – Working to enhance local parks and trails in Monroe and Pike counties, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announced that Barrett and Smithfield townships (Monroe County), and Pike County received state grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) focused on helping conduct a trail study as well as revitalizing a local wellness park.
“I am pleased that both Monroe and Pike counties will benefit from these necessary funds,” said Brown. “By facilitating a trail study and improving our local wellness park, it will help boost future community engagements as well as offer support to our local and regional economic development.”
Barrett Township received $40,000 to further develop the Barrett Township Community Park. Work will include construction of a pavilion, comfort station and stormwater management measures, ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements.
Additionally, the Nature Conservancy received a combined total of $872,140 which would go toward the acquisition of two parcels of land totaling approximately 700 acres in Barrett Township, Monroe County, for an addition to the Delaware State Forest.
Smithfield Township received $91,290 for the rehabilitation and further development of the Waterfront Wellness Park located within the township. Work will include construction of recreation pods, fishing pier, relocation of a gazebo, pedestrian pathways, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
Pike County received $55,000 to prepare a trail study for the development of approximately 13.5 miles of the Pike Rail Trail in Lackawaxen and Palmyra townships. Work will include a written, bound report.
DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation builds connections between citizens and the outdoors by providing funding and technical assistance support for local recreation and park improvement projects through its Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants.
Representative Rosemary M. Brown
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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