Bethel Park, PA – September 17, 2019 – Today, Senator Pam Iovino (D-37) announced the award of $400,000 in state Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP) grant funds to the 37th Senatorial District. The funds will support community recreation in the Borough of Pleasant Hills and the Township of Upper St. Clair, and environmental conservation in the Borough of Bethel Park.

The Borough of Pleasant Hills received $100,000 to support the Breisinger Field Lighting Project, which will install lighting at the municipality’s public soccer field. The project will allow this recreation amenity to be used during nighttime hours, significantly expanding the field’s positive impact on the surrounding community’s health and recreation access. The project will also foster economic development by increasing the desirability of the area and attracting new residents and economic activity.

The Township of Upper St. Clair received $125,000 to close the gap in the Boyce Mayview Park Perimeter Trail, which connects the northern and southern portions of Boyce Mayview Park, one of the largest municipal parks in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The trail expansion will add to the existing 4.5 miles of trail around Upper St. Clair  Township’s Community and Recreational Center, and will provide trail users access to the planned connection with the Montour Trail, the longest suburban rail-trail in the United States.

The Allegheny Land Trust received $175,000 to support the Bethel Green Project, which will acquire 40.51 acres of woodlands located in Bethel Park near the intersection of State Route 88 and Connor Road. Conserving this land will support flood control efforts in the flood-prone Saw Mill Run Watershed, improve the long-term attractiveness and economic vitality of the surrounding area, and preserve a well-used recreational green space.  

 “Access to recreational amenities and natural greenspace is important to quality of life in the 37th District,” said Senator Pam Iovino. “These grants directly improve and enhance vital recreational and environmental areas in these communities, improving the quality of life for residents. I am proud to have supported these grant applications.”

“The Township of Upper St. Clair looks forward to applying this grant toward expanding recreation opportunities for the residents of Upper St. Clair and the surrounding area,” said Matt Serakowski, Upper St. Clair Township Manager. “We appreciate the Commonwealth’s support for this significant local recreation investment.”

“This state funding support is critical to permanently protecting important greenspace in Bethel Park,” said Christopher Beichner, President and CEO of the Allegheny Land Trust. “The Bethel Green Project will conserve outdoor recreation for residents while also contributing to larger flood control and environmental goals.”

The grant funding was announced at today’s meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) Board in Harrisburg, PA, and was allocated from the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which was created by Act 13 of 2012 to distribute unconventional gas well impact fees to support greenways, trails, and recreation projects, among other priorities. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages.