An improvement project for at Raccoon Creek Park broke ground today at the 195-acre site in Springfield Township.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said it has invested $152,000 through its Community Conservation Partnerships Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Coastal Zone Management Program is providing $136,000.
A new pavilion and restrooms will be constructed, along with a food preparation area, utility room, picnic shelter and landscaping.
The project will feature energy-efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, a tankless hot water heater and native plantings.
“The health and vitality of our communities is reflected in the quality of their parks and trails, access to waterways, open spaces, and opportunities to be active outdoors,” DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said in a news release. “This project is sure to increase visitors who are looking for great fishing opportunities, access to Lake Erie or a great place for their children to play.”
Sen. Jane Earll also took part in the groundbreaking.
The DCNR grant money was provided through the Keystone Fund generated from a portion of the real estate transfer tax.
The DCNR said the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which stocks Raccoon Creek with steelhead, has indicated an interest in making stream improvements once the park rehabilitation is complete. State Game Lands 314 also borders the park. The DCNR said the township intends to partner with the Pennsylvania Game Commission on trail improvements, security and limited archery hunting.