Recreation

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Walking, biking, skiing; fishing and hunting; playing sports, picnicking or just enjoying the quiet and peace of nature: Outdoor recreation requires land. The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund helps people acquire the green spaces needed for outdoor recreation, whether narrow ribbons of land for trails or wide open spaces for hunting (see Conservation).

Once the land is secured, the Keystone Fund helps people develop the land as appropriate to the activity. The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund supports construction and installation of a wide range of recreational facilities that reflect the broad and varying needs of communities:

  • Bicycle, walking and other trails
  • Playgrounds
  • Ballfields
  • Pools
  • Picnic areas
  • Boat launches
  • Recreation centers.

As of early 2012, the Keystone Fund* has supported:

  • 2,600 community park development projects including ballfields, playgrounds, pools, picnic areas and recreation centers
  • 444 trail projects for walking, bicycling and other recreation uses

Each dollar of Keystone Fund support typically leverages two dollars or more in direct local and county investments in local recreation and park projects.

*Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources administered Keystone project figures include other funding streams that fall under the Department’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program. *Together with other funding streams that fall under the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program.