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Shenango Valley receives $325k in parks and rec grants

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

$325,000 in governments grants are on the way to parks and recreation programs in Sharon and Shenango Valley.

Pennsylvania State Representative Mark Longietti announced the pair of grants Friday from the Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program.

Longietti's office says $175,000 will go toward downtown Sharon's Riverfront Urban Park.

About the Riverfront Park grant, Longietti said, "The Sharon Riverfront Park project will convert a current brownfield and vacant land in Downtown Sharon into a riverfront urban park along the banks of the Shenango River."

The other $150,000, according to Rep. Longietti, will be used for equipment and expansion at the Shenango Valley YMCA.

Joellen Arenas, Chief Executive Director of the Shenango Valley YMCA, says "This grant will expand our capacity to improve the health and wellness of the entire area through important repairs and upgrades to our current equipment and facility."

The grant will also allow the YMCA to implement evidence-based chronic disease prevention programs.  

Arenas says she hopes the programs will lower the economic burden of diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and obesity.

The grants, according to Longietti's office, are administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency established in 2004 to oversee Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages.

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