Killion Announces Funding for Chester County

Today, Kennett Township and East Goshen Township were each awarded a $225,000 state grant through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.

In Kennett Township, Chester County, the grant will be used for the Kennett Greenway Keystone Trails Improvement Project, according to Senator Tom Killion (R-9).  Killion said the grant was awarded by the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through its Greenways Trails & Recreation Program.

“I am pleased that the township will benefit from this much-needed state funding which will create a formal trail network that area residents can use and enjoy for years to come,” Killion said. “When completed, this project will help to protect our natural resources and improve the quality of life for those who live here.”

Kennett Township will use the grant to improve the Pennock Park, Parris and Whittle trails as part of a larger 12-mile system of multi-use trails and shared-use paths, known as the Kennett Greenway.  The proposed improvements will connect a neighborhood, recreational area, Red Clay Creek natural area, the planned Magnolia trail, South Street Path and the improved Chandler Mill Trail.  The project will include trail resurfacing, the additional of train extensions, upgraded pedestrian crossings, new stormwater management facilities, trail markers and signage.

In East Goshen Township, Chester County, the grant will be used to replace the playground equipment at the township park. The current equipment is 25 years old and is not compliant with current ADA standards. The playground will include separate areas for school-age children and toddlers.

Additionally, ADA compliance issues will be addressed by ensuring easy access to the playground and specific play structures for children with special needs.

Killion said, “This is an important project to many families in East Goshen Township and surrounding communities. I’m hopeful it will help benefit many children.”

The Watershed Restoration and Protection Program and the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program are administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).

CONTACT:  Krista Hair, Office of Senator Tom Killion (717) 787-4712