Officials Announce $635,000 Grant for Crawford Park Project | Community News

Modernization projects for Crawford Park in Waynesburg have taken a big step forward after local and state officials recently announced that more than $635,000 in grants had been earmarked for the project.

Franklin Township supervisors joined State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson and State Senator Camera Bartolotta, R-Carroll Township, in late December to announce that two separate Department of Conservation grants and of the state’s economic development have been approved. The first grant totaling $160,344 was announced in November, with the second grant totaling $175,000 in December.

And the good news followed.

A week after the two grants were announced, officials said a third grant totaling $300,000 had been approved for the Crawford Park project, this one from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program administered by the Department of Conservation. and Pennsylvania Natural Resources.

All three grants require the township to pledge to match them, which officials say could total between $200,000 and $250,000.

Supervisor Corbly Orndorff said he and his fellow supervisors greatly appreciated the funding.

“We are blessed to work with state officials who went above and beyond to help secure this funding for four local residents,” Orndorff said.

In 2019, a comprehensive plan was created to identify needs in the township, including improving assets and recreation opportunities. Supervisors worked with Dennis Martinak, a consultant with Allenport’s D. Martinak Planning and Consulting LLC, to identify the issues. Through this plan, supervisors determined that Crawford Park, which has been owned by the township since 1989, was in dire need of repairs and renovations.

“The current building in the park premises has been flooded several times over the years, so the plan is to build a new building on top of the existing foundation and place it above the floodplain,” said Orndorff. “We also want to completely replace playground equipment, install new bleachers, make everything handicap accessible, and much more.”

The building houses a concession stand, restrooms, and a storage area for park activities and events.

Officials said the project will also include the construction of a new deck on the building, pavilion, pedestrian walkway and parking area, as well as upgrades to stormwater management, fencing and utilities. , ADA access, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements.

“These improvements to Crawford Park will be so beneficial to the community,” Snyder said. “I am very proud to have been able to secure this funding for the Township of Franklin. Whether you’re playing softball, using the clubhouse for a family reunion, or taking your kids to use the new playground, this park and updates have something everyone can use.

Orndorff said the project has also received support from Waynesburg Borough, Greene County commissioners and the various organizations that use the facilities.

“It really shows how positive it can be when leaders and communities work together for something beneficial,” he said.

Orndorff said project bids are expected to be issued for the project in mid to late spring, and the township hopes to open the new building by the middle of the year.

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