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Quakertown nabs 2 state grants for new park

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:40:44 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 11 2013 11:57:52 AM CST
QUAKERTOWN, Pa. -

A new park in Quakertown is more than half paid for, thanks to two recent state grants.

The borough was awarded $250,000 for the development of the former Krupp industrial site for a new park, located at Fourth and Mill streets.

The money -- awarded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program -- will go to build an amphitheater and trail.

The Department of Community and Economic Development awarded the project a $225,000 grant from the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund, which comes from impact fees on Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers.

With the addition of these two grants, borough officials said the amount of funds already raised with other grants, donations and sponsorships, totals more than half of the $2 million needed to build the park.

The 12-acre park will feature walking and biking trails; an amphitheater; concession stand; gazebo; open areas for picnicking, playing and relaxing; flower meadows; a water feature or pond with fountain; and restrooms, among other amenities.

The park will also connect the Quakertown Memorial Park and the Sports Complex, the James A. Michener Branch of the Bucks County Library, and the Quakertown Community Pool.

Groundbreaking for the project was held in October.