Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Wins Grant to Support Outdoor Recreation in 2022 | Outside

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania – Getting outside was one way to escape COVID-19 limits in 2020 and 2021. And outside, people have gone in droves.

Attendance at state parks rose from 37 million in 2019 to over 46.9 million in 2020, an increase of 26.6%, according to state statistics.

The Natural Resources Conservation Authority (DCNR) reported an increase of 7.5 million users / visits to its website in 2020 compared to the previous year, including more than four million new users.

A new grant aimed at improving access and quality of outdoor recreation is helping meet the demand for enjoyable outdoor experiences near home.

DCNR has made a major grant to the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) in the amount of $ 253,000 from the Community Conservation Partnerships program, according to Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of DCNR.

“Funding secured through the C2P2 grant will allow SGP and our staff to help communities large and small across the region navigate the planning process for the completion of their recreation projects,” said Corey. Ellison, executive director of SGP.

“It will also support SGP’s unique programs such as our annual paddling and cycling events, educational workshops, water trail management, and the production of online and print resources that provide key information on how to access parks, trails and water trails along the Susquehanna Greenway, ”she said.

Funding for the grant is in line with the results of a survey by the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg conducted in the fall of 2020, trails and open spaces should be considered a top priority by state and local governments.

Funding sources for this significant grant come from a variety of entities, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, ATV and Snowmobile Limited Management Accounts, and the Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Recreational Trails Program.

In a commitment to building community conservation partnerships with local governments and non-profit organizations, the goal is to protect critical natural areas and open spaces, develop greenways and trails, provide parks , quality recreation and conservation opportunities.

“The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and our Board of Directors are very grateful to DCNR for continuing to identify SGP as a key partner in the growth of recreation in central Pennsylvania,” said Ellison. “Their support enables our staff and partners in the region and state to continue their important work of connecting the public to the vast outdoor spaces of our state and promoting healthy, active lives.

Overall, investing in organizations like SGP aims to improve the quality of life in communities in Pennsylvania.

In a letter to SGP, Dunn said, “Your DCNR grant is recognition of outstanding recreation and conservation work that should be shared with your community. ”

SGP serves as a resource for the many outdoor opportunities that exist in the great Susquehanna Greenway corridor. Through this network, adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts alike find it possible to continuously walk, cycle or paddle from town to town along the 500-mile corridor of the Susquehanna Greenway.

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