Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Says More Than $70 Million Available for Open Space Conservation and Recreation

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 31 /PRNewswire/ — Governor Edward G. Rendell
today said that Pennsylvania families will enjoy more open space and
recreational opportunities with more than $70 million that’s now available
to communities and non-profit organizations to help fund community
recreation, open space, land trust, rails-to-trails, rivers, conservation,
and recreation projects.
 
“Investing in Pennsylvania’s natural resources is critical for our
commonwealth’s future. Our parks and forests, greenways and trails provide
economic opportunities for businesses, communities and our hardworking men
and women, and they provide recreational activities for millions of
people,” said Governor Rendell.
   
Funding comes from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program,
which is administered through the Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources (DCNR). In addition, DCNR is offering a series of workshops
around the state to help interested applicants with the application
process.
   
“We want to help grant writers and managers gain insight into our
program priorities and application requirements,” DCNR Secretary Michael
DiBerardinis said. “There are tremendous opportunities for communities to
create or improve community parks, greenways, trails, rivers and open
space, which not only enhance quality of life, but also economic vitality.”
  
The three-hour workshops, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Recreation
and Park Society, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on:
    * June 13, Holiday Inn (formerly the Radisson Hotel), Williamsport;
    * June 14, The Inn at Nichols Village, Clarks Summit;
    * June 19, Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North, Pittsburgh;
    * June 20, Holiday Inn, Clarion; and
    * June 29, Harrisburg-Holiday Inn East, Harrisburg.
  
For more information, or to register for the workshops, contact the
Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society at 814-234-4272. The deadline to
submit applications for DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program
grant is Sept. 29.
 
For more information, or to download an application manual, visit
DCNR’s Web site at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us.
   
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