Apr. 25, 2024

HARRISBURG – Rep. Marla Brown (R-Lawrence) announced the release of $100,000 in state funding for much-needed upgrades to Pearson and Marti parks in Lawrence County.

The funding stems from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation (PPFF), which began in 1999 as a statewide nonprofit organization to provide a voice for the Commonwealth’s 124 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest land. PPFF’s mission is to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

The following entities are the beneficiaries of this funding:

•  Pearson Park in Neshannock Township: $50,000 grant to repurpose an unused volleyball court into a recreational game area. This new amenity will include one regulation sized bocce and three cornhole courts, as well as three artificial turf putting greens.
•  Marti Park in Wilmington Township: $50,000 grant to install two pickleball courts on the lower part of the park. This would include a 10-foot fence around the perimeter, and benches in the two court areas for those who want to watch or are waiting to play. The fences would be divided between the courts.

“This funding is important because these parks provide environmental and recreational benefits to our communities,” said Brown. “Studies show more time spent in parks can help people fight against mental health issues like depression, anxiety and stress. Upgrading and maintaining our parks are also a source of positive economic benefits. They enhance property values, increase municipal revenues, bring in homebuyers and workers, and attract tourists.”

Representative Marla Brown
9th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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