BETHLEHEM (January 16, 2024) – State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that $323,500 in state funding has been awarded for parks and recreation, watershed protection and sewage facilities projects in the 18th Senatorial District through the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund Grant Program.           

“This state funding through the Marcellus Legacy Fund will aid our local governments to improve the quality of life in their municipalities through increased recreational opportunities and protecting our environment,” Senator Boscola stated.  “I’m pleased to announce the approval of these funds to help expedite important projects throughout the 18th Senatorial District,” Boscola said.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved the following projects:

Greenways, Trails and Recreation

Borough of Hellertown – Reinhard’s Park Development Phase I $100,000
City of Bethlehem – City of Bethlehem Recreation Plan $108,650
City of Easton – Two Rivers Waterfront Planning Project $50,000

Sewage Facilities                                                                                           

Palmer Township – Updated Act 537 Plan $14,850                                                                                             

Watershed Restoration                                                                                            

Palmer Township – Fox Run Park and Open Space Schoeneck Creek Project $50,000

The grants were approved today by the state Commonwealth Financing Authority Board in Harrisburg. Funding through the Marcellus Legacy Fund uses revenue generated through Act 13 of 2012 that imposes an impact fee on the state’s unconventional natural gas wells.

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