York County, municipalities get $600K for parks

Greg Gross

York County and two local municipalities recently received a combined $600,000 in grants for parks projects through the state Department of Conservation and Nature Resources.

The state earmarked $100,000 to the county to extend the Hollow Creek Greenway just outside of Jacobus and $250,000 to New Freedom and Wrightsville to improve borough parks.

The funds are a portion of $28 million awarded recently for 176 projects statewide. The state received 430 grant applications requesting more than $92 million in funding, according to a news release from the department.

York County: The money allocated to York County will be used to construct a nearly half-mile stretch of the greenway from Valley Road to the entrance of Nixon Park at Nixon Drive in Springfield Township, said Tammy Klunk, director of the county parks and recreation.

The county portion of the trail will run through a still-under-construction wetlands preserve in the park, she said.

"We're just doing our part to connect the trails," Klunk said.

The greenway will run from Beck Road to just before the park, but it will eventually connect to trails in William Kain Park, where Lake Redman is located.

The trail project includes landscaping and the creation of a trailhead in the park. The county had to kick in $25,000 to cover its match.

The separate wetlands project came about after other wetlands — one at the Mount Rose Avenue, Interstate 83 Exit 18, in Spring Garden Township and the other at the Loganville exit, Exit 10 — were disturbed by road construction projects. It's state Department of Transportation policy to replace disturbed wetlands.

The wetlands project is expected to wrap up at the end of April, Klunk said.

Here's a look at the two additional projects in the county:

New Freedom: The borough was awarded $250,000 for the rehabilitation of Marge Goodfellow Park. Work includes the rehabilitation of tennis courts,  installation of security lighting and play equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

Wrightsville: The borough received $250,000 for the construction of two pavilions and a retaining wall. Work also includes the installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing and ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.