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Upper Chichester Township Secures $200,000 DCNR Grant to Transform Kingsman Park

Upper Chichester Township Secures $200,000 DCNR Grant to Transform Kingsman Park

Posted on December 17, 2023

For Immediate Release

UPPER CHICHESTER, PA - December 17, 2023 — The Board of Commissioners of Upper Chichester Township are pleased to announce the awarding of a $200,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for the revitalization and enhancement of Kingsman Park and its amenities. This substantial grant is complemented by a $250,000 matching contribution from a previous grant courtesy of the Delaware County DELCO Greenways Program, an additional $100,000 donation from Energy Transfer LP, and Township funds.

The secured funding will facilitate a diverse range of improvements, including the installation of an ADA-accessible path leading to the park's equipment, the installation of inclusive play equipment which will sit atop a rubber play surface, incorporation of two Pickleball courts, and a Bocce Ball court Additionally, the grant will cover the construction of an ADA-compliant concrete walkway and sidewalk, on-street parking, benches, and stormwater management enhancements.

Expressing gratitude for this transformative grant, the Upper Chichester Township Board of Commissioners stated, "This financial support will play a pivotal role in elevating our local parks. It opens avenues for significant improvements, enhancing the recreational offerings for our residents and making our community an even more desirable place for recreation."

DCNR serves as the primary state supporter of Pennsylvania's recreation, parks, and conservation initiatives. Grant funding from DCNR plays a critical role in assisting numerous communities and organizations throughout Pennsylvania to plan, acquire, and construct park and recreation facilities, trails, and public open spaces.

"Pennsylvania’s local parks, trails, and natural areas offer abundant opportunities for outdoor activities," emphasized Tom Ford, Director of DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. "They define our communities, making them places where people aspire to live, work, and play. Our grants empower local partners to realize their vision for vibrant communities and regions."

For further information, please contact George L. Needles, Township Manager at 610-485-5881.