Money Matters: Conservation Grants for Philly

Last week the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) released its Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant winners. The list of awards is extensive ($23 million for 189 conservation projects in 65 counties), but certainly worth a look, especially since Philladelphia's waterfronts raked in some major cash (details after the jump.)

DCNR was focused on making this year's grant program "greener" and selected award winners based on a number of environmentally-sensitive criteria: the use of green building supplies, provisions for more trees and employment of stormwater management technologies. There was also a specific focus on programs that plan to revitalize trailways and other outdoor spaces.

Philadelphia

Center City District, $250,000 for development of Sister Cities Park to include construction of a Children’s Discovery Garden featuring a outfall pond, river rock and fountain stream, plaza; installation of fencing; utilities, ADA access, landscaping, site amenities. project sign and other related site improvements. Nancy A. Goldenberg, 215-440-5548.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council, $100,000 to prepare a master site development plan and conceptual design for the development of approximately 2.2 miles of trail on Spring Garden Street connecting the East Coast Greenway through downtown Philadelphia to the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware River Trail. Spencer Finch, 215-592-7020.

Philadelphia City, $500,000 for reconstruction of Pier 11 at the base of Race Street to include pedestrian walkways; installation of utilities, lighting, storm water management measures, green areas, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Joseph A. Forkin, 215-629-3221.

Philadelphia City, $300,000 for renovation and further development of Shevchenko Park to include construction of new interior walkways, stormwater management improvements; installation lighting, fitness stations, ADA access, landscaping, site amenities, project sign, and other related site improvements. Barbara McCabe, 215-683-3679.

Schuylkill River Development Corporation, $54,000 to prepare a feasibility study for the development of approximately 5 miles of trail to connect the West Bank Schuylkill River Trail at Powelton Avenue to Bartram’s Garden in the City. Joseph R. Syrnick, 215-222-6030.