$40,000 DCNR GRANT SECURED FOR MILLER PARK IN HOMETOWN

The Tamaqua-area based Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) recently secured a $40,000 State Grant on behalf of Rush Township from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to assist with further development of Richard E. Miller Memorial Park in Hometown.
Miller Park is composed of three acres of land located along Miller Avenue. In January, 1974, William and Richard Miller generously donated this land to the township. Youth baseball and soccer teams use the full-sized field for practice and games.
The $60,000 project will consist of the construction of a small parking lot, a playground area and swing set with proper safety surfacing, ADA accessible walkways, trees and landscaping, a storm water control facility, and related site improvements. Miller Park currently consists of a youth baseball field, a youth soccer field, and a gravel parking area, which was previously funded by a DCNR Grant in 2000.
“The proposed Miller Park upgrades will help fulfill one of the Township’s recreation and community development objectives by increasing the quality and quantity of community recreation within the Township,” stated Rush Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Gilbert. “By developing a playground area in Miller Park, the Township is maximizing recreational opportunities on a parcel of land that already primarily serves families and youth in a recreational capacity.”
DCNR is the primary source of state support for Pennsylvania recreation, parks, and conservation initiatives. Grant funding from DCNR assists hundreds of communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to plan, acquire, and develop recreation and park facilities, create trails, and conserve open space.
“Out grant investments work to bolster our vision for the strength of our economy, the vibrancy of our communities, the health of our families and our quality of life in Pennsylvania,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allen said. “These grants allow us to partner with communities so that they can expand and improve the wonderful assets that make the places we call home vital and attractive.”
Funding for the grants comes from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1), and federal funding sources.
The Miller Park upgrades are expected to be completed by the summer of 2015.
Google maps location of park: http://goo.gl/maps/u9tZB

 Announcing $40,000 DCNR Grant towards Richard E. Miller Memorial Park in Hometown, 1-15-2014 (20)
Pictured left to right are ESCR Executive Director Jason Boris and Rush Township Supervisors Shawn Gilbert and Robert Leibensperger.

Announcing $40,000 DCNR Grant towards Richard E. Miller Memorial Park in Hometown, 1-15-2014 (13)
Pictured left to right are ESCR Executive Director Jason Boris and Rush Township Supervisors Shawn Gilbert and Robert Leibensperger.

Announcing $40,000 DCNR Grant towards Richard E. Miller Memorial Park in Hometown, 1-15-2014 (24)
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