A $170,500 state grant will help restore and repair portions of the Great Allegheny Passage that travel through Elizabeth Twp. and Lincoln Borough.
The grant was made by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to the Regional Trail Corp., a spokesperson said. It will pay for rehabilitation of 9.8 miles of the hiking-biking trail between the Buena Vista section of the township and a portion of the trail that bypasses the Dura-Bond plant in Liberty Borough.
The project includes installation of new access gates, improvements for people using wheelchairs, new signage and other repairs.
“The Great Allegheny Passage is a spectacular resource for the community and I am happy to see the state investing in this project,” state Rep. Austin Davis said. “Making it easier to access and enjoy the outdoors is important to promoting healthy lifestyles in our communities.”
Also announced was a $40,000 grant to Glassport to develop the Ninth Street Park, including walkways, pavilions, fences, wheelchair access and other site improvements.
“These grants will not only open up areas for recreation, but they will enhance a community’s quality of life,” state Sen. Jim Brewster said. “Citizens from the area will be able to enjoy greater access to open space, have improved recreational areas, site improvements, facilities and public walkways.”
Also announced by Brewster's office was a $20,000 grant to Allegheny Land Trust for acquisition of 30 acres in Monroeville to be used as open space and recreational area.
The grants were awarded through DCNR's Community Conservation and Partnerships Program, which provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.
Originally published November 23, 2018.