Nanticoke, September 20, 2022 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded $200,000 in Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program Funds for two projects in Luzerne County.
The Anthracite Scenic Trails Association was awarded $100,000 for the planning and development to formalize an abandoned rail corridor into a trail along the Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor Trail between Mountain Top and Lauren Run. The proposed project will include grading and surfacing the trail with crushed stone surface for 4.8 miles, repairing/improving existing drainage, installing interpretive and wayfinding signage, implementing fencing where needed, installing bollards and gates to prevent unauthorized vehicles and improving trailhead parking facilities.
The City of Hazleton received $100,000 in funding for the creation of a new passive recreation park for the downtown Hazleton area, located in the city’s emerging Arts and Innovation District. The project will include the addition of a large staircase that will double as a performance stage along the park’s west side and an oval walkway connecting the stage with the Art Center entrance. There will also be associated retaining walls and fencing to make up the change in grade, as well as additional landscaping, lighting, and site furnishings to complete the lower lawn area.
“The investments announced today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority will help to complete two vital projects in Luzerne County that will enhance recreation and drive economic growth throughout the region,” said State Senator Yudichak. “Closing the trail gaps on the D&L Trail in Luzerne County is paramount to bringing even more outdoor enthusiasts to northeastern Pennsylvania and it is great to see the CFA continue to partner with the City of Hazleton as it continues its dedicated revitalization efforts in its downtown district.”
“I am more than pleased to see these grants be awarded to Luzerne County,” said State Representative Schnee. “These projects help our communities grow and invite people to enjoy our beautiful district.”
Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using the Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP).