Harrisburg Jan. 28, 2016 State grants for the Bottle Works Ethnic Center in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, an ATV trail in Buchanan State Forest and a site development plan for Irvin Park in Curwensville have been approved by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), according to state Sen. John N. Wozniak (D-Cambria/Bedford/Clearfield).
Wozniak released the following statement regarding the approval of these grants:
We need to do all we can to access state funds for projects that spur economic revitalization and boost recreational activity. Improving facilities helps our communities grow. Well-maintained and accessible parks, recreation venues and community facilities are attractions that drive business activity, enhance progress and improve the quality of life throughout the region.
The funds for these grants were approved through DCNRs Community Conservation Partnership Program grant program.
The Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center will use a $60,000 DCNR grant for the development of Artists Green Park. A new parking surface, retaining wall and garden will be constructed.
In Bedford County, $96,219 was approved for the continued development of the Martin Hill ATV Trail in Buchanan State Forest. The grant will be used to add a half-mile of new trail and make improvements to the existing trail.
Another $96,600 was approved to acquire 126 acres adjacent to Buchanan State Forest.
Curwensville Borough in Clearfield County will receive $15,000 to prepare a master site development plan for Irvin Park.