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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.


Contact:  Joy Knapp at 814-451-7332 or jknapp@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 just under $995,000, which has leveraged an additional investment of over $2.4 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.  


2017 Erie County Greenways Grant Program Awards


Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper announced over $187,000 in grant funding for the Erie County Greenways Program 

  • Hamot Health Foundation - $46,401 for Wayne Park improvements and playground equipment
  • North East Township - $45,600 for Gravel Pit Park Playground
  • Albion Area Community Garden - $33,600.72 for Garden creation
  • Greenfield Township - $30,000 for playground replacement, ADA updates, and rain gardens 
  • City of Corry - $27,999 for Phase 1 construction of Mead Park Master Site Plan
  • Erie County Department of Health - $4,000 for tick-related education and outreach


For more information about the grant program, please contact Joy Knapp at 814-451-7332 or at jknapp@eriecountypa.gov 

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