Pike gets state grant toward development of rail trail

Lackawaxen. The trail to get a study will be approximately 13.5 miles long and be located in Lackawaxen and Palmyra townships.

| 20 Nov 2019 | 07:00

Pike and Monroe counties received state grants to enhance local parks and trails, PA Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) announced.

These funds from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will help pay for a trail study and and the revitalization of a local wellness park.

Pike County received $55,000 to prepare a trail study for the development of approximately 13.5 miles of the Pike Rail Trail in Lackawaxen and Palmyra townships. Work will include a written, bound report.

“I am pleased that both Monroe and Pike counties will benefit from these necessary funds,” said Brown. “By facilitating a trail study and improving our local wellness park, it will help boost future community engagements as well as offer support to our local and regional economic development.”

Barrett Township Community Park

Barrett Township received $40,000 to further develop the Barrett Township Community Park. Work will include construction of a pavilion, comfort station and stormwater management measures, ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements.

In addition, the Nature Conservancy received a combined total of $872,140 which would go toward the acquisition of two parcels of land totaling approximately 700 acres in Barrett Township, Monroe County, for an addition to the Delaware State Forest.

Smithfield Township received $91,290 to rehabilitate and further develop the Waterfront Wellness Park located within the township. Work will include construction of recreation pods, fishing pier, relocation of a gazebo, pedestrian pathways, ADA access, landscaping, project sign, and other related site improvements.

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation builds connections between citizens and the outdoors by providing funding and technical assistance support for local recreation and park improvement projects through its Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants.