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Local parks receive grant money

Leopold Park may construct train-viewing area

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded a total of $417,000 in grants for three local park projects.

A $200,000 grant will help pay for construction of a restroom, rain garden and train-viewing setup, installation of play equipment and renovation of walkways and a pedestrian bridge at Leopold Park in Logan Township, according to news releases from state Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, and state Rep. Lou Schmitt, R-Altoona.

A $127,500 grant will go toward construction of restrooms, walkways and a parking area at Fort Roberdeau in Tyrone Township, according to the news releases.

And a $90,000 grant will go for renovation of parking areas and an access drive and construction of walkways, stormwater management measures and a picnic area in Bellwood-Antis Community Park in Antis Township, according to Ward’s news release.

The grants are from DCNR’s Community Conservation and Partnerships Program.

They require an equal match, according to Logan Township Planning Director Cassandra Schmick.

Engineering for the Leopold project will take place next year and construction the following year, Schmick predicted at a township supervisors meeting Thursday.

The township is seeking contributions to help defray Logan’s match responsibility of $200,000, she said.

The train-viewing area will consist of a bench, an awning and viewing binoculars, Schmick said.

It will exploit a view of the mainline tracks east of the Horseshoe Curve created by a powerline cut, she said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.

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