The Wolf Administration announces a $630,000 grant to build the Rolling Hills Aquatic Center in the community of Peters


Peter’s Parish, PA — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today that a $631,000 grant has been awarded to the community of Peters to support the construction of a new water center.

“This grant will help bring much-needed outdoor aquatic recreation to a region that lacks a facility of this type,” Dunn said. “The community has a wonderful plan to create a beautiful all inclusive community park and we look forward to the completion of the master plan. I am confident that it will have a tremendous impact on future generations in this community and thank community officials for prioritizing this important project.”

The new water sports center at Rolling Hills Park will include a pool, splash pool, lazy river, locker rooms, concessions and parking lot. The aquatic center is part of a master plan to transform the site, formerly a 98-acre golf course, into a community park for outdoor recreation, including hiking, walking and biking.

“This grant is a great example of how a partnership between the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and a community is facilitating the construction of an amazing recreational facility that families will enjoy for years to come,” said Peters Township Manager Paul F. Lauer. “Examples of how the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources supports and encourages park and recreational development can be seen not only in our township parks, but throughout Pennsylvania.”

DCNR provides grants annually to countless projects across the Commonwealth, including a $70 million investment in fiscal year 2021-22. Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants may fund:

  • Planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas
  • Motorized and non-motorized hiking trails
  • river protection and access
  • Heritage areas and facilities
  • Preservation of critical habitats, natural areas and open spaces

Eligible applicants for these grants include counties, municipalities, local government agencies, non-profit organizations, national heritage areas, prequalified land trusts and for-profit corporations. Grants for the program come from a variety of state funding sources including Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, Environmental Stewardship Fund, ATV and Snowmobile Management Restricted Accounts, Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program, and federal sources including the Recreational Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. DCNR selects the most appropriate funding source based on the applicant and proposed project.

Learn more about DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program grants on the DCNR website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wesley Robinson, 717-877-6315

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