Bethlehem − November 14, 2019 − State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded a total of $638,200 in Recreation and Conservation grants in the 18th Senatorial District through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2)[1] specifically for Community Parks (Development, Planning, Small Community) and Partnerships projects.

“Community parks play an invaluable role in the quality of life of a community.  Through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the Commonwealth is able to partner with local governments to improve community parks and thus improve the quality of life of our region,” Boscola said.  “The Lehigh Valley is blessed with wonderful community parks and these grants will assist in the further development of local parks that not only our residents, but also visitors to our communities enjoy,” Boscola added.

The following grants were approved:

  • Hellertown Borough, $228,200, Rehabilitation and further development of Authority Park. Project includes the renovation of concession stand; construction of comfort station and parking area; installation of fencing; ADA access, project sign.
  • Northampton County, $200,000, Rehabilitation and further development of Wy-Hit-Tuk County Park, located in Williams Township. Project includes construction of a comfort station, pavilions, pedestrian walkways and stormwater management measures; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  • City of Bethlehem, $210,000, Further development of the Rose Garden


[1] The C2P2 program is administered by DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, rail and trail organizations, land trusts and other non-profits for park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.  The Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF).