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$100,000 grant will help light sports fields

STATE COLLEGE – A $100,000 grant has been awarded to the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority that will go toward lighting two sports fields at Whitehall Road Regional Park in Ferguson Township, according to Sen. Jake Corman (R-34) and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-171).

“While it has been years in the making, this park is a shining example of what can be accomplished locally in partnership with the state,” Senator Corman said. “Lighting these fields extends the sports seasons in the spring and fall, creating a safe and enjoyable environment for our kids to continue to learn teamwork and sportsmanship.”

“Proper lighting goes a long way to protect the safety and security of our players,” Representative Benninghoff said. “This grant builds on the community efforts and commitments to create and maintain a top-tier outdoor experience for our area residents.”

The Recreation Authority received $100,000 to purchase and install LED sports field lighting for two synthetic turf fields being developed at the park. The plans include an energy-efficient six-pole LED sports field lighting system which is more durable and longer-lasting than traditional lighting. Six poles will surround the two fields with two of the poles carrying dual mounts to light both of the fields in order to minimize impacts on the view of the mountain range from the park. The project total is $750,000.

The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) under its Watershed and Restoration Program and 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.

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