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Riverfront Park Gateway Press Release

Press Release 27 January 2010

 Millersburg Borough’s Riverfront Park: Gateway to the Lykens Valley Rail Trail project received a $280,000 Community Conservation Partnership Program Grant Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Dauphin County Commissioners are very pleased to announce that $250,000 in matching funds will be provided through gaming revenues.

 Millersburg Borough will use the these grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Dauphin County along with a grant from The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and donations from the Tour de Millersburg, the Paul A. Troutman Foundation, the Millersburg Ferry Boat Association, the Millersburg Shade Tree Commission, and the Millersburg Bench Sponsorship Program to complete the following additions to Millersburg’s Riverfront Park:

1.       The installation of an asphalt hiking/biking pathway along the length of the park.

2.       The creation of additional paved parking in and around the park.

3.       The erection of a restroom/concession building at the north end of the park.

4.       The formation of a “Gateway” into the Lykens Valley at the intersection of North & River Streets.

This project is phase one of Millersburg’s Master Park Plan and phase one of the western end of the Lykens Valley Rail Trail (LVRT).  The concession portion of the new restroom building will provide a location for summer employment via boat, bike, and fishing rentals.  The LVRT has the potential to be a 20 plus mile rail trail. In 2008, a similar length trail in South Central PA brought $4,000,000 into the local economy. More information about the project can be found online at: www.millersburgpa.org

Millersburg Borough President and the Riverfront Park’s project coordinator Christopher Dietz would like to thank the following for their support in obtaining funding for this project: Congressman Tim Holden, Senator John Gordoner, Representative Sue Helm, Dauphin County Commissioners - Jeffrey T. Haste, Dominic “Nick” DiFrancesco II, and George P. Hartwick III, Dauphin County Parks System, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Millersburg Ferry Boat Association, Millersburg Area School District, Millersburg Shade Tree Commission, Millersburg Planning Commission, Millersburg Area Working Together, Northern Dauphin County Revitalization Project, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, Susquehanna River Trail Association, Lykens Valley Rail Trail Association, Tri County Planning, and Dauphin County Conservation District. Thank you all so much!

 DCNR is the primary source of state support for Pennsylvania recreation, parks and conservation initiatives. Grant funding from the DCNR assists hundreds of communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to plan, acquire and develop recreation and park facilities, create trail and conserve open space.

“Our grant investments work to bolster our vision for the health of our families, the vibrancy of our communities, the strength of our economy and our quality of life in Pennsylvania,” DCNR Deputy Secretary Cindy Dunn 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 vibrant and attractive.”

Funding for the grants comes from Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1), the Growing Greener Bond Fund (Growing Greener 2) and federal funding sources.