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(Harrisburg, Pa.) Dawood Engineering, Inc. (Dawood) helped Swatara Township obtain $800,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to develop Bishop Park on Highland Street. Part of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) C2P2, LWCF provides municipalities with matching grants for public outdoor recreation. [Read the DCNR News Release] [Watch Video]
Bishop Park Phase 1 development will include large and small dog parks, a playground and tot-lot areas, ADA access, a loop trail, four pickle ball courts with space for expansion, parking, and related recreational site upgrades. Sustainability features will range from stormwater infiltration areas and planted meadows to 120 native deciduous plantings.
“On behalf of Swatara Township, we deliver grant solutions which promote sustainability, foster community growth, and fuel connectivity,” said Jesse Suders, MPS, GISP, planning and economic development manager with Dawood. “Highland Street Corridor Improvements, the ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ HATS initiative, Eisenhower Boulevard multimodal pedestrian safety enhancements, and now Bishop Park build upon PennDOT’s I-83 reconstruction project and further spark regional development opportunities.”
Offset by nearly $330,000 in Dauphin County gaming grants, Swatara Township committed $1.2 million in matching LWCF funds toward Bishop Park development.
The LWCF State Assistance Program is one of several federal funding sources for Community Conservation Partnership Program (or C2P2) grants administered by DCNR intended “to create and maintain a nationwide legacy of high-quality recreation areas and facilities for the general public to enjoy.” Read the LWCF fact sheet.