To help build environmental stewardship by connecting families with community green spaces, Middle Smithfield Township announced today it is the recipient of a $25,000 Healing the Planet grant from The GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.
The Township applied to the grant to fund the Echo Lake Park Rehabilitation and Beautification project. The project will be executed in three parts: installation of new waste receptacles in high traffic areas, rehabilitation of a section of the park’s existing walking trail, and installation of a rain garden in front of the Community & Cultural Center. The rain garden is being designed and installed by the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Monroe County. The Township expects this grant to cover over 90% of the cost of the project. The project will be completed by the summer of 2022.
Announced on Earth Day earlier this year, more than $500,000 in funding was awarded by The GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful in support of 42 projects that aim to build environmental stewardship by connecting people and families to community green spaces, support environmental restoration efforts, and build community gardens. Funding for the grants was provided by customers at GIANT, MARTIN’S, and GIANT Heirloom Market stores who agreed to round up their grocery purchase to the nearest dollar from March through May.
Middle Smithfield Township would like to thank Giant and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. For their participation and support of the grant application, Middle Smithfield Township would like to thank the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Monroe County, State Representative Rosemary Brown, State Senator Mario Scavello, the Eastern Monroe Public Library, the Library of the Smithfields, Boy Scout Troop 902, and the Brodhead Watershed Association.