– Rep. John Schlegel (R-Lebanon) announced the 101st Legislative District will receive more than $200,000 in grants stemming from state gaming revenue. The funding, provided through the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, was approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), and is being awarded to counties and municipalities impacted by local casinos.
“These grants will support projects that aim to improve the quality of life of citizens in communities near Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course,” said Schlegel. “The funding will make improvements to a local park; help volunteers maintain a local hiking trail; purchase equipment for a volunteer fire company; and help expand a local township building.”
The grants awarded today will provide $110,630 for the Southwest Louser Memorial Park revitalization project. The city of Lebanon completed its master plan for the park in 2017, which aims to turn the park into a year-round recreational facility open and accessible to the public. While that is the city’s long-range plan, today’s grant will relocate existing tennis courts 10-feet to the north to allow for the eventual construction of an indoor facility. The funding will also be used to resurface tennis and basketball courts; convert one tennis court into a pickleball court; repave the existing pathway; install new fencing; remove and replant trees; and install four new net posts, sleeves, footings, center ties, and nets.
Lebanon County will receive a $44,085 grant for the purchase of a tractor and storage shed for South Londonderry Township. Volunteers of Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails Inc. (LRVT) maintain over 18 miles of operating trail along the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail. The project will allow an older existing shed and two small tractors to be relocated to the stand-alone section of the trail in the northern part of the county, preventing the need for constant relocation of equipment and providing for safer, more efficient maintenance of the trail.
North Cornwall Township will receive two $25,000 grants. One grant will provide for the purchase of rescue equipment for Never Sink Fire Company No. 1. The fire company currently owns 30-year-old lifesaving hydraulic equipment that is very heavy and must be attached to a piece of fire apparatus. The funding will replace the old equipment with modern, efficient and portable equipment.
The second grant will be used toward the construction of a new, 7,900-square-foot township administration building at 330 S. 18th St. The building would have larger meeting rooms to accommodate the township’s growing population.