Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced new grant funding to rehabilitate two park sites in the City of Reading: Baer Park and the 6th and Amity Street Playground.
An investment of $300,000 will help the city link natural resources to community revitalization and improve well-being for residents by revitalizing recreation opportunities in the city.
“Local parks improve the everyday lives of people of all places, ages, and backgrounds, while serving as a primary venue for outdoor recreation for Pennsylvanians,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are happy to assist Reading by investing in new basketball courts and spray pad areas for summer fun at Baer Park and the Sixth and Amity Streets Playground.”
Baer Park is 9 acres in northwest Reading that is a center of community activity housing a lighted baseball field, tennis courts, a playground, and a concession stand. The grant will fund the renovation of a basketball court, construction of a spray pad water feature, and new walkways.
Work at the Sixth and Amity Streets Playground will include renovation of a basketball court, construction of a spray pad, new playground equipment, and walkways.
The source of funding for the grant is the Keystone Fund, which is currently celebrating 25 years of supporting thousands of community improvements in Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania, outdoor recreation generates $29.1 billion in consumer spending, $1.9 billion in state and local tax revenue, $8.6 billion in wages and salaries, and sustains 251,000 direct Pennsylvania jobs.