Zabel announces $314K grant to Upper Darby Township for recreational land acquisition

UPPER DARBY, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, announced that Upper Darby Township has been awarded a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant of $314,000 to use toward the acquisition of approximately six acres for active recreation opportunities.

The funding, announced Tuesday via the office of Gov. Tom Wolf, comes through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Zabel wrote to the DCNR in support of this grant for land conservation.

“As a suburb of Philadelphia, Upper Darby Township is densely populated with students, families and community groups that live near this valuable resource,” Zabel wrote of the 6.64 acres of land from St. Eugene’s Parish.

The purchase of the acreage would allow the township to use the rear athletic fields, protect Muckinipates Creek and provide a scenic sitting park at the busy and heavily traveled pedestrian corridor of Bunting Lane and Oak Avenue.

“With high demand for athletic fields and clear benefits for public recreation and natural resources, this project will provide an excellent opportunity to preserve open space, protect a crucial waterway and provide outdoor recreation in a community where these resources are limited,” Zabel said.

More information on statewide DCNR grants are available through this link.