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Erie County Greenways Program

Act 13 of 2012, the Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee, authorized the Commonwealth to impose drilling impact fees on unconventional gas well producers in Pennsylvania. The fee revenues are collected and distributed annually to state agencies, counties and municipalities based on formula allocations. There are two established funds from the impact fee distributions, with portions directly allocated to counties and/or municipalities: the Unconventional Gas Well Fund – distributed only to counties and municipalities with wells; and the Marcellus Legacy Fund – distributed to all counties with or without wells. Erie County only qualifies for Marcellus Legacy Funds at this time.

The County of Erie has created the Erie County Greenways Program (ECGP), with the Marcellus Legacy Fund allocations, in order to fund eligible projects throughout Erie County. The goal of this program is to improve the quality of life in Erie County through the preservation and enhancement of the region’s natural, scenic and recreational resources for public use and enjoyment.

New22017 Erie County Greenways Grant Application Period
Open December 19, 2016 through February 20, 2017

Contact:  Amy Murdock at 814-451-7328 or amurdock@eriecountypa.gov

2017 Program Documentation:
Program Guidance
Budget Information Sheet
Ranking Form
Waiver of Retroactivity

Grant Application Tools
2015 Community Health Blueprint
2015 Community Health Needs Assessment Executive Summary
PHMC Project Review Form
PNDI Environmental Review Form
Municipal Contacts

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook - CDC

The Erie County Greenways grant program provides funding opportunities for projects that improve the quality of life in Erie County through the preservation and enhancement of the region’s natural, scenic, and recreational resources for public use and enjoyment. The program has awarded a total of over $844,828.00, which has leveraged an additional investment of over $1.8 million for public resources throughout Erie County. 

Eligible applicants include local governments, incorporated nonprofit organizations, municipal or public authorities, educational institutions, conservation districts, and regional planning agencies.  Project proposals may be for planning, acquisition, design, conservation, construction, development, repair, rehabilitation, or beautification of greenways, recreational trails, open spaces, natural areas, community conservation and beautification, or community and heritage parks.  If awarded funding, the grant term would begin July 1, 2017 and end June 30, 2019.  

The Department of Planning will be conducting a grant application workshop for the 2017 Erie County Greenways Grants on January 4, 2017 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am in the Admiral Room at the Erie County Blasco Memorial Library, 160 East Front Street, Erie PA 16507.


2016 Erie County Greenways Grant Program Awards

 Greenways 2016 Award Photo

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper announced over $200,000 in grant funding for the Erie County Greenways Program 

  • Albion Borough - $35,000 for the Albion Area Community Garden
  • City of Erie - $45,000 for Roessler Park Recreation Improvements
  • McKean Township - $20,000 for McKean Conservation Area Improvements
  • Penn State University - $35,000 for Wintergreen Gorge Trail Improvements
  • Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council in Cooperation with DCNR - $22,000 for Erie Bluffs State Park Trail Development
  • Asbury Woods Partnership, Inc. - $25,000 for the Asbury Woods Land Acquisition
  • Erie County Conservation District- $15,000 for Headwaters Park Improvements
  • Erie County Department of Health - $2,400 for Lyme Disease and Tick Awareness
  • Sierra Club, Lake Erie Group c/o Environment Erie – $1,500 for McClelland Park Trail Accessibility Improvements


For more information about the grant program, please contact Amy Murdock at 814-451-7328 or at amurdock@eriecountypa.gov 

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