Reading, September 17, 2019  The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved $252,821 in grant funding through the Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program to support recreation improvement efforts, according to Sen. Judy Schwank and Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi. 

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved grants for:

  • Reading Skatepark Association, Skatepark Development, $90,000
  • Berks Nature, Rustic Park Pedestrian Bridge Installation, $162,821

“These state grant funds will allow Reading and Berks County to better address the recreational needs of area residents for many years to come,” Schwank said. “I’m glad that we have local groups taking initiative in pursuing these funds.”

“The approval of these funds is great news for Reading and the surrounding communities who will benefit from them,” Caltagirone said. “I commend all involved who worked hard to put together high-quality proposals for these competitive grant funds.” 

“These projects, especially the Skatepark, represent important investments not only in the present needs of our community, but for future generations,” Rozzi said. “Children and residents of the city of Reading and beyond will benefit from this new recreational outlet.” 

The Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program is funded through the Act 13—Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund and is administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.