HARRISBURG – Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) and Rep. Mike Cabell (R-117) today announced a state grant of nearly $130,000 has been awarded to make improvements to a playground in Salem Township, Luzerne County.
“State funding for this playground will help ensure it is an asset for our community, its families and their children, now and in the future,” Culver said. “These state dollars are a significant investment in a project that will benefit residents across the generations. Grandparents, parents and children, along with other community members, will be able to enjoy this playground.”
Salem Township will receive nearly $130,000 to ensure a playground meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The grant is being provided through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program. The program provides grants of up to $250,000 and requires the applicant to fund 15% of the total project cost.
“Salem Township is a very important part of my district, and this project was a top priority,” said Cabell. “It was my pleasure to help. Hopefully, the addition of a wheelchair swing and other improvements will make life a little more enjoyable for children with disabilities and their families.”
Funding the program is provided through the 2012 law establishing an impact fee on Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
The grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The CFA was created in 2004 as an independent agency of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to administer the commonwealth’s economic stimulus packages.
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