Sen. Ward and Rep. Davanzo Announce Commonwealth Financing Authority Award to Sewickley Twp.

HARRISBURG – Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and Rep. Eric Davanzo (R-Westmoreland) today announced a $158,000 grant through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s (CFA) Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program for renovations in Crabapple Lake Park located in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County.

“Our children and community absolutely deserve this project. After more than a year of a pandemic shutdown, they need something fun and exciting to look forward too,” said Sen. Ward. “Kids belong outside playing, especially now more than ever. This funding is guaranteeing brighter days ahead for our youngsters.”

Sewickley Township is planning to renovate the unused and deteriorated tennis courts area turning them into basketball courts, batting cages, pitching screens, and a small common area. The project will also install chain link fencing, gates, lighting, basketball poles with backboards and nets. Additionally, there will be seating, and tables added to the common area. The township will construct two ADA parking spaces with a paved pathway for access. The total project will cost $187,00. Sewickley Township committed to $28,100 in monies to complete the project.

State Representative Eric Davanzo described the grant announcement in a fond way. “I can remember swimming and playing baseball there as a kid. This investment into the community is a good way to ensure this park and its facilities is around for future generations”, Representative DaVanzo stated.
“Family activities and sporting events will help us effectively move out of this pandemic”.

The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) under its Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. The program is funded with money assessed by the Commonwealth through the state’s Impact Fee, which is paid by the state’s unconventional natural gas producers.

CONTACT (Sen. Ward): Erica Clayton Wright, ewright@pasen.gov, (717) 787-6063