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Palmer receives $347K grant for Chrin Field development project

PALMER TWP., Pa. - Palmer Township is slated not only for a new elementary school on Green Pond Road, but the township's municipal complex located next door was awarded a substantial grant earlier this month as part of Northampton County's 21st century open space initiative.

According to Township Supervisors Chairperson Dave Colver, who spoke about the award at Tuesday's supervisors meeting, Palmer was given a $347,473 grant.

The grant was unanimously approved by the Northampton County Council following a municipal park acquisition and development application for its Charles Chrin Community Center multipurpose field development project.

Colver said the grant was the second of two, the first approved last fall for $250,000 and used to construct walking trails at the community center.

Colver said the second grant for $347K will be matched with $531,737 from the township to build an irrigated natural sod multipurpose athletic field, new parking lots and sidewalks, install storm water management equipment and complete a new western side entrance at the site. 

The approval and funding of the projects were submitted by Judith Henckel, chair of the Open Space Advisory Board and Bryan Cope, open space coordinator of Northampton County.


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