Featured Grant Projects


North Shore Riverfront ParkAllegheny

This project involved the complete redesign and rehabilitation of a 6700 foot segment of linear park and trail facilities along the north shore of the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers. The project area was primarily designed in the late 1960's and early 1970's as Clemente Park.

Great Allegheny Valley PassageAllegheny

The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is a 150-mile trail between Pittsburgh, PA and Cumberland MD, where it joins the 184-mile C & O Canal Towpath, extending the off-road experience all the way to Washington, DC.

Community Gateways & Garden ProgramBradford
The park was completed in 2003 and is part of ongoing architectural changes and improvements dressing up downtown Towanda.
Delaware River Water TrailBucks

The vision of the Delaware River Water Trail is to
create trail from Hancock, NY to Trenton, NJ that runs along the Delaware River. A Water Trail, which is defined by North American Water Trails as “a recreational waterway.

Caruso Conservation Easement


West Rockhill Township, partnering with Natural Lands Trust, has placed 24 acres of valuable land under protection.

Breitinger Tract AcquisitionBucks

Located where the North and West branches of the Neshaminy Creek come together, the Breitinger Tract became the perfect spot to incorporate both conservation and recreation. The 22 acres of
creekfront land and a farmhouse and open farmland is one of the remaining open spaces in Chalfont, where 93 percent of the land is occupied.

Central ParkBucks

Local students will now be able to take their studies into the outdoor classroom in Central Park in Doylestown Township. A new Environmental Education Grove, two bocce courts, and a multipurpose activities center are the highlights.

Brownsburg and Lookout ParksBucks

The Master Site Plan recommended the development of soccer fields, lacrosse field, pavilion, basketball courts, trail system, loop road, wetland infiltration basin, tennis courts and tot lot on the 37.6 acre Township park property located along the Delaware River.

Special Kids Zone PlaygroundButler

In the spring of 2002 the Butler County Parks and Recreation Department was contacted by Mr. Richard Musko, President of the A.M. Rotary Club of Butler in regards to the development of fully accessible playground within the County as part of its commitment to a community service project.

Ghost Town TrailCambria

The Ghost Town Trail is a 36 mile trail network that runs throughout Cambria and Indiana Counties. The trail was originally established in 1991 when Kovalchick Salvage Company donated 12 miles of the former Ebensburg and Blacklick Railroad to Indiana County.

Community Park RehabilitatonCarbon
A zip line, climbing wall and multiple slides make the Ashton Hill Park in Lansford Borough a
stimulating place for children to play. In addition to the play equipment, the grant from DCNR helped cover the costs of adding benches and signs to the park in addition to landscaping and other related site improvements. The park also includes a pool and pavilion
PSU Whitehall Road AcquisitionCentre

The Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) received a $159,000 DCNR grant in 2006 to use toward the acquisition of approximately 75 acres south of Whitehall Road and Blue Course Drive, in Ferguson Township, Centre County, for active and passive recreation.

Paradise Farms EasmentChester

Natural Lands Trust, in partnership with East Bradford Township, was awarded a $400,000 DCNR Growing Greener grant to purchase a Conservation Easement on 360 acres of the Children’s Country Week Association’s 580-acre Paradise Farm Property in Chester County.

Reiff Tract AcquisitionChester

East Vincent Township received an $800,000 DCNR Keystone grant to support its acquisition of a 36.5 acre parcel of the former Reiff Farm to be reused as a township park and natural open space area.

London Grove Township Community ParkChester

By acquiring three adjacent land parcels totaling 86 acres. The 86-acre park will have two baseball fields, two multipurpose fields, tennis and basketball courts, an amphitheatre, a multipurpose building, and trails. Not only will the park feature brand new facilities, but they will be built so as to make a minimal impact on the area. They will be building around the bog turtle habitats, a designated PNDI site, and using state of the art stormwater management practices.

Black Rock SanctuaryChester

The Black Rock Sanctuary has multiple educational, environmental, and economic benefits. Visitors are able to see the connection between water, geology, and a variety of wetland habitats and their local habitat. The Sanctuary demonstrates a successful restoration of an industrial site to a natural area.

Baker Property AcquisitionChester

The seemingly untouched 53-acre Baker Property which lies off Jones Road contains mature woodlands and supports diverse habitats. The PA Audubon Society and PA Wildlife Federation have named this area an Important Bird Area and Important Mammal Area.

Broad Run ParkChester

The West Bradford Township Park, completed in 2001, offers an in-line skating rink, basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a large open recreation field, a playground, picnic areas, a walking and jogging trail, a fishing pier, and a community building.

Foxburg to Parker Rail-Trail Gap Acquisition

ClarionThis acquisition completes the Foxburg to Parker Rail Trail, which runs along the Allegheny River between Franklin and Emlenton.
River WalkClinton

With the assistance from DCNR Keystone funding, the Lock Haven Flood Protection Authority recently constructed a City Beach Overlook, which provides a scenic vista for river watchers along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Situated adjacent to a paved 2.25-mile pedestrian river walk, the overlook has become a favorite activity center for City residents of all ages who wish to take a few moments to relax after a long walk or jog.

Fishing Creek Nature Park - Phase IIColumbia

The park sits at the lowest point on Fishing Creek that is currently stocked by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. This provides an excellent angling experience for disadvantaged residents and young children.

Ice House ParkCrawford

Conneaut Lake is the largest natural, inland lake in Pennsylvania. The park, which will be built at the south end of the lake, will protect the view of Conneaut Lake from the east entrance into town.

Open Space Preservation PlanCumberland

Recognizing the importance of such a study, DCNR awarded the County $93,000 in Keystone Grant Funding to produce what is known today as “Land Partnerships”- Cumberland County’s Open Space Preservation and Smart Growth Plan.

Capital Area GreenbeltDauphin

The Capital Area Greenbelt is a trail that circles the city of Harrisburg which connects Riverfront Park, Cameron Parkway, Paxtang Park, Paxtang Parkway, and Reservoir Park, the grounds of the State Hospital, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Wildwood Lake. This “jewel necklace” rings around Pennsylvania's capital city, is designed to provide its visitors an opportunity to hike, ride bicycles, skate, jog, walk their dog, practice up on flora and fauna identification and generally appreciate nature.

Darby Creek GreenwayDelaware

The Darby Creek Watershed Conservation Plan conducted throughout 2000-2002 defined a “ribbon of green” vision for the Darby Creek watershed that would restore stream corridors, provide riparian buffers, increase open space and recreational opportunities, educate residents and foster inter-municipal cooperation on a watershed basis.

Drexeline Property Acquisition

DelawareUpper Providence Township was able to purchase the last major piece of unprotected land in the area designated for conservation under the “Ridley Creek Conservation Plan”.
Rose Valley Borough GreenDelaware

Rose Valley Borough Green is located at its geographic center at the entrance to the Borough Office and the Old Mill Social Center. The acre, being preserved as permanent open space, is  surrounded by buildings constructed prior to the Civil War.

Barry Bridge Park ExpansionDelawareA 4.5 acre park was developed just south of the Commodore Barry Bridge. The Barry Bridge Park became the only public boat launch in the twelve
miles of Delaware County’s waterfront. In addition to a boat launch, it was a great place for
residents to enjoy the scenic view of the river or use the fishing pier.
Market Square Memorial ParkDelawareMarket Square Memorial Park is a major local and regional attraction. Marcus Hook Borough was willing to use its capital dollars to invest in a community “green” development project, knowing of the extensive positive economic and quality of life benefits that would result.
Community ParkElk

The goal for this multi-phase community park project was to provide recreation within the beauty of nature.

Shades Beach Park PlaygroundErie
Cooperative efforts between the township, parks, community planners, chamber of commerce and the commonwealth have transformed the park with an addition of Shades Beach Park Playground. The playground is not the only project funded by DCNR in Shades Beach Park, though. The building of pavilion facilities, boat launch facilities, better connecting the park’s resources with Lake Erie. The park also includes other pavilions, a restored beach area and open spaces.
Community ParkFayette

This trail will link all of the recreational facilities of the park and perhaps most importantly, it will allow ADA access to all of the parks amenities.

Palmer Athletic ComplexFulton

Recognizing this deficiency, in 2000 the Southern Fulton School District commissioned a private consulting firm to determine the feasibility of developing a sports complex. The facility would be used for educational, athletic and community activities and would contain the first regulation intermediate baseball and softball fields in the entire school district.

Boat DocksGreene

The site has a large asphalt paved area that has a bandstand, storage shed and restrooms. There is also a large picnic pavilion in the vicinity, all owned by the Borough. Because of monetary constraints, they decided to phase the project. Phase I included docks to accommodate six boats along the existing lock wall.

Borough ParkHuntingdon

As a native of Alexandria Borough, Mayor Gorsuch recognized the need for his community to replace the antiquated and unsafe playground equipment in the Borough’s only park. Furthermore, he recognized the need to provide young residents with a safe place to play that was within walking distance of home. The Mayor wanted to ensure that children did not to travel to neighboring Porter Township just to have a safe place to play.

Rock Point AcquisitionLawrence

Rock Point is important geographically because of the confluence of the two waterways. In addition, Rock Point has historical significance due to its former life as an amusement park at the turn of the 20th century, as well as the importance of the BDA area

Lawrence County Greenway and Open Space Plan

LawrenceThe plan calls for the preservation and reclamation of natural floodplains to enhance water quality, and protect wildlife habitat and open space.
Slate Heritage Trail Construction Phase 1Lehigh
In the 1870s, trains barreled through the Lehigh Valley exporting slate products quarried in the area. Today, the Slate Heritage Trail stands on those abandoned railroad right-of-ways. A far cry from its noisy past, the trail provides residents and visitors with a prime location to enjoy Washington Township’s natural scenery.
Greater Hazleton Area Rail-TrailLuzerne

Preparation of a Master Site Development Plan for the Greater Hazleton Rail Trail. When completed the Trail will connect the City of Hazleton with the 180 mile D&L trail.

Williamsport City Parks Master Site PlanLycoming

Williamsport is an urban center that is situated along the Susquehanna River, and this project is helpful in achieving the DCNR goal of building and maintaining sustainable and attractive communities and the Keystone Principle of reinvesting in urban centers.

Regional Open Space: Recreation PlansMonroe

Through the plans supported by Keystone Funding, hundreds of acres of land were identified and have been preserved, a new ten-mile trail system is currently being developed, and two new 150+ acre regional parks are being developed.

Resica Falls Conservation Easement-   Phase 3

MonroeIn 2006, DCNR provided a $1 million Growing Greener 2 grant to place a conservation easement placed on 1,000 acres. The easement will ensure that this vast, pristine and important natural area will remain forever protected from development.
Schuylkill River Trail Improvements ProjectMontgomery

The Schuylkill River Trail is a heavily-used 22 mile regional trail that links Valley Forge National Historical Park in Montgomery County to Center City Philadelphia, along both the tidal and upper reaches of the Schuylkill River. Well over 400,000 users make use of the trail annually.

Pen Ambler ParkMontgomery
When two Townships combine their resources to build a park, it becomes an even greater community asset as more residents will know about it and the more usage it will see. A DCNR grant matched by Lower Gwynedd Township allowed the Township and Ambler Borough to successfully develop Pen Ambler Park.
Heuser ParkMontgomery
Upper Merion Township, with funding support from DCNR and DCED, partnered to develop the Heuser Park athletic complex consisting of two football fields, three baseball fields, and a clubhouse.
Williams Property EasementMontgomery

The 51-acre Williams Property located on both sides on Hill Road, was an ideal parcel to conserve due to its extensive natural resources and habitat for rare plants and bird species.

Tookany Creek Watershed Management PlanMontgomery
The Creek provides the community with a recreational resource, it is home to historic structures and sites, and provides natural habitats for species to thrive. With the help of DCNR Rivers Conservation Grant, the Tookany Creek Watershed Management Plan was put together to help improve the
quality of the Creek for the residents of the area.
Paper Mill Road Woods AcquisitionMontgomery
This property helped create a natural greenway, and will also act as a buffer for the adjacent Pennypack Preserve, which the Trust has been creating through acquiring open space.
Environmental Education ExhibitsMontour
The Montour Environmental Education Center sits on a 965 acre preserve owned by the utility company, PPL (Pennsylvania Power and Light).
Green Plan PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia

Philadelphia boasts one of the most progressive green plans in the nation.

Waddington Tract Acquisition  Philadelphia

Philadelphia Located in Northest Philadelphia, the 11+ acre Waddington Tract contains one of the few remaining natural wetlands within the City.

 Cobbs Creek Park Restoration Fairmount Park Philadelphia

The Fairmount Park Commission wanted to restore Cobbs Creek back to the attracitive facility that it had once been.   The site is located next to the Cobbs Creek Envronmental Education Center, which runs program for all ages.

Pleasnat Hill Park PlanPhiladelphia

What is now an older unused area will soon be turned into a thriving park complete with an environmental education center. The Pleasant Hill Park Plan integrates open space, education, and recreation seamlessly. Residents can take their children out to enjoy the open space and learn about the natural world. A historic Fish Hatchery is going to be restored to working condition as well.

Minersville Community Swimming PoolSchuylkill

The pool has long been an important piece of the Minersville community fourth street recreation complex. The complex is a beautiful nine acre multi use recreation facility that includes three baseball fields, an outdoor pavilion, playground, soccer field, basketball court and a half mile asphalt walking path with a pine tree canopy extending over much of the trail.

Keene Community ParkSnyder
The park will encompass a renovated ball field, playground, picnic pavilions, walking trails and amenities. Situated in the town of Penns Creek, the park is located near a school and residential areas, making its facilities easily accessible.

D&H Rail-Trail


Since it was purchased in 1995, bikers and hikers used the 38 miles of trail along the Delaware and Hudson rail bed but the path was far from smooth. Thanks in part to a grant from DCNR, the Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania has worked to improve a ten-mile stretch of trail.
Lewisburg Area Recreational ParkUnion

Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority (LARA) is a regional recreation authority serving Lewisburg Borough and East Buffalo Township in Union County. With assistance from Keystone funding, LARA was developed through DCNR’s Peer to Peer and Circuit Rider Program.

JPG ParkWestmoreland

In the spring of 2001, several members of a small village of Lowber, located within Sewickley Township, began to discuss and recognize the need to provide recreational opportunities to the residents that lived in the close knit village. Working with the Township Supervisors and a local business that is located in the community, plans began to renovate and improve the veteran’s wall and design and develop a playground area and passive area for the community to enjoy.

Camp Lackawann EasementWyomingThe Vosburg neck property is made up of 1000 acres of land adjacent to the North Branch of the Susquehanna river. The river winds around the 1000 acre parcel and narrows at the entrance to the property creating a narrow strip of land on the west side of the river that provides access.


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