Conservation Funding Released for Three Northumberland County Recreation Projects

(HARRISBURG) – – Grant funding for three Northumberland County recreational projects has been approved by the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), according to State Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27) and State Rep. Kurt Masser (R-107).

Northumberland County received a $1.5 million grant for continued development of the 6,500 acre Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area.  The Borough of Kulpmont received a $40,000 grant for further development of the playground at the Terri Meriello Stadium.  Finally, the Department has committed $99,000 for the continued work in the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest, including comfort stations, ADA access and landscaping.

“The continuing work at the Anthracite Outdoor Recreation Area is not only important for Northumberland County in terms of recreation, but also in terms of economic development,” said Senator Gordner.  “Numerous national groups have expressed interest in holding events at the site once it is more fully developed.”

“I have been working with the Department on this important project, first as a County Commissioner and now as a State Representative, and am pleased with the substantial state commitment to further development of the Anthracite Outdoor Recreation Area,” said Rep. Masser.

The legislators said they were also supportive of the grant funding for the Kulpmont project.  “Kulpmont is in need of a safe playground area for the community’s children, and we were pleased to advocate for this project,” said Sen. Gordner and Rep. Masser.

Since the state acquired the land for the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest several years ago, the Department has been undertaking a yearly effort to improve recreational opportunities in the forest, including trail development.  This year’s project will involve new comfort stations, ADA access and improved signage and landscaping.

Funding is provided through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program of the Department, which provides grants through previous bond issues and through portions of recreational vehicle registration fees.