Brookville, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) grants totaling $333,800 have been awarded to two Jefferson County boroughs, Brockway and Punxsutawney, to fund recreational improvement projects.

“Rural municipalities within a rural county have not always been afforded the state agency grant support of the larger, more populated areas of the Commonwealth,” said Rep. Cris Dush, a Republican who serves Jefferson and Indiana Counties. “I am pleased these funding applications were approved for projects that will help to enhance the quality of life in our communities and potentially attract new residents and job creators to the 66th Legislative District.”

Brockway Borough was awarded $245,900 for the rehabilitation of Taylor Memorial Park, which will include the construction of a plaza, comfort station and pedestrian walkways; installation of utilities; and ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

Punxsutawney Borough was awarded $87,900 for the rehabilitation and further development of East End Park, which will include the construction of a comfort station, pavilions and tennis/pickleball court; installation of fencing; and ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

“Anyone who has ever applied for a grant knows the process is not an easy one to complete,” Dush said. “I applaud these dedicated local officials for qualifying to receive these highly competitive grants.”

The grants are supported by the Keystone and the Environmental Stewardship funds. The investments are among 169 grants, awarded statewide, totaling approximately $24.5 million for community park and partnership projects including planning, construction, rehabilitation and outreach.