PHILADELPHIA − October 21, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) said residents in the 1st Senatorial District will soon be able to enjoy greener pathways and an iconic public radio station will have a better broadcast facility with the approval today of $616,000 in grants from the commonwealth.

“From our scenic trails to new greening projects these grants will make a big difference in our neighborhoods and throughout the region,” Farnese said. “Congratulations to WHYY, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Queen Village Neighbors Association on their grants. It’s always exciting to see the beginnings of new economic development and investments in environmental and recreational opportunities in the City of Philadelphia and in my district.”

The projects and their related grants:

WHYY Inc.                                                           $500,000
Grant source:                                                             RACP

WHYY will use its grant to upgrade its main facility and Public Media Commons. In addition to making health and safety improvements, WHYY’s HVAC systems, teleproduction capabilities and rental spaces will be upgraded.


Philadelphia Museum of Art                       $65,089
Grant source:                                                            CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will use its grant to restore, repair and connect a Mount Pleasant Estate trail to some of Fairmont Park’s existing trails. The grant will help to pay for landscaping, signage and visitor bicycle racks.

Queen Village Neighbors Association      $50,000
Grant source:                                                            CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program

The Queen Village Neighbors Association will use its grant to transform a barren parcel of land into a landscaped greenway to connect Gloria Dei “Old Sweeds” Church and the Shot Tower Recreation Center. The project will also better link the Queen Village Neighborhood to the Delaware Avenue Trail system.


RACP grants are designed to encourage economic development; GTRP allows for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and the repair of greenways, recreational trails, open spaces, parks and beautification projects; and the Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides financial assistance for the use, development and construction of alternative/clean energy initiatives in Pennsylvania.

Sen. Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport. Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662). More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at



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