Solebury Township will receive $400,000 for the development of the Route 202 Cross-County Trail in Solebury and New Hope, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced.
Under its Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the DCNR is also awarding $225,000 to New Britain Township for the development of the Neshaminy Greenway Trail.
Using the the grant, Solebury will develop a trail along the PECO high-tension right of way, between Sugan Road and Kitchens Lane at state Route 179. This is the first of three grants the Township is seeking for this trail section.
The project includes the creation of the trail, accessibility for people with disabilities, storm water management systems and traffic signal improvements. The Township holds a lease with PECO for the trail section. In the planning and engineering stage for more than a decade, the grant award will allow the Township to move forward on the project as soon as next year.
Solebury is seeking additional grants for the trail from the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and the Township hopes to secure approval of that funding early in 2021.
The approved $400,000 grant will cover one-third of the estimated $1.2 million project, with the additional grants covering roughly an additional third and the Township paying $400,000. All told, for every dollar Solebury spends, the Township expects to receive two additional dollars from state and regional grants.
The DCNR 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); the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); Pennsylvania Trails fund (PRT – federal source); Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program (HA); and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund (ATV).