(HARRISBURG) – – Grants for two recreation projects in Northumberland County have been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Kurt Masser (R-107), who pushed for the projects.  The grants are funded through Act 13 Marcellus impact fees assessed on gas drillers and are provided through the Keystone Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.

Coal Township will receive $188,000 for development of a new recreation center as an alternative to the township’s existing basketball facility, now located on the second floor of the Shamokin/Coal Township Public Library.  The proposed facility will be adjacent to the township playground, which has already received $100,000 in funds from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and will be accessible to the disabled, unlike the current facility.

The Northumberland County Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area will receive $150,000 for construction of an observation deck overlooking the Whaleback, located in Coal Township.  The Whaleback is a unique geologic rock outcrop formed over 250 million years ago.  It is adjacent to the AOAA, and the observation deck will provide opportunities for the public to learn about the geological significance of the Whaleback and to enjoy the scenic views from this location.  The project will include the deck, road improvements for access to the Whaleback and assorted infrastructure.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent agency of the Commonwealth which administers Pennsylvania’s economic development programs.


Todd B. Roup