Harrisburg – July 1, 2016 – State grant funds were approved today for three local community projects aimed at making Philadelphia more accessible and vibrant for area residents and families, announced State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia).

The grants were funded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages, including the Multimodal and Act 13 funds.

“These projects are all about providing opportunities for residents, families and those in need to enjoy the city and all it has to offer,” Farnese said. “I couldn’t be more pleased to see funds directed to these projects and organizations focused on bringing people together — whether it’s at a community park or simply making the city more accessible for everyone to enjoy.”

The projects and their related grants are:

  • City of Philadelphia/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, $200,000 Act 13 grant for the construction of new, vibrant outdoor recreational spaces including trails, walkways, paved areas, gathering spaces, benches, street lighting and landscaping;
  • Center City District, $125,000 Act 13 grant for construction of a park utilizing the Reading Viaduct, an abandoned elevated rail line. The project is aimed at turning the abandoned infrastructure into an urban park modeled after High Line Park in New York City. The redevelopment project will provide green space and spark redevelopment for the surrounding community; and
  • Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, $625,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant to build a new ADA-accessible pedestrian and bicycle ramp in Philadelphia between Market Street and Columbus Boulevard at Penn’s Landing. With the current structure in significant disrepair, the new construction aims to provide a connection to existing SEPTA services, including the Market-Frankford subway line and local bus routes. It will also fund the installation of a new deck, stairs, LED lighting system and railing.