Two Columbia County Recreation Projects Receive State Funding

(HARRISBURG) – – State grant funds will benefit two important Columbia County recreational projects, according to State Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and State Representative David Millard (R-109). Briar Creek Borough will receive $162,000 for continuing efforts to re-open the Ber-Vaughn swimming pool, while Scott Township will receive $17,500 for development of its recreational master plan. Funding is through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

“Since the Ber-Vaughn pool closed in 2012, I have been very impressed by the community support and aggressive fund raising in support of the pool’s re-opening,” said Senator Gordner. “It is apparent that area residents wish to once again have a pool facility to meet the recreational needs of the community.”

The state funding will be used for installation of splash pads and water slides, along with renovations to the bathhouse, construction of ADA access and other maintenance and operational equipment. The pool is scheduled to re-open this year.

Scott Township is preparing a recreational master plan to rehabilitate existing facilities and to develop possible future parks. It will contribute a matching amount to the state funds.

“Completion of this master plan will enable the township to identity its ongoing needs and will allow it to better compete for the limited state funds available for these activities,’ said Rep. Millard.

The Community Conservation Partnerships Program is funded through a variety of state and federal sources including, the Keystone Park and Recreation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the state Recreational Trails Fund and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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