PENNSYLVANIA $20,000 grant will fund updates for playground



The borough must submit a plan to spend the money by the end of the month.
By LAURE CIOFFI
VINDICATOR NEW CASTLE BUREAU
BESSEMER, Pa. -- The Pump House playground is getting some much-needed help.
Councilwoman Tracey Meanor said new equipment and some safety measures will be taken with a $20,000 grant coming from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The East Poland Avenue playground recently got a swing set donated by Jameson Health System.
Meanor said she hopes to supplement that with some new slides and play equipment for children age 2 to 5.
Meanor said the park upgrades were needed because it is the only public play place in that section of the borough.
In addition to the play equipment, the borough will be installing safety surfaces and drainage around the playground, she said.
DCNR spokeswoman Gretchen Leslie said Bessemer qualified for the highest grant amount available under the department's Small Communities Grant for municipalities with fewer than 5,000 people.
Leslie said the grant does not require a local match. All other DCNR grants do require a 50 percent local match, she said.
The borough was notified in June that it was getting the money. Leslie said borough officials must submit a plan for the funds by the end of August and then the money will be disbursed. They will have until 2007 to complete the project.
Meanor did not know how long it would take to order and install the equipment.
cioffi@vindy.com

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