ALBANY TWP., Pa. -

It was a public celebration at Hawk Mountain in Albany Township Tuesday afternoon as officials gathered to announce a new capital upgrade project.

"Places like Hawk Mountain, they are what defines us as Pennsylvanians and what defines our communities," said Lt. Governor Jim Cawley.

Cawley was there to present Hawk Mountain with a $250,000 grant through the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The money will help make a fully accessible connector trail that links the Outdoor Amphitheater, Visitor Center, parking areas, Native Plant Garden and trail entrance.

"We realize your value. We realize your importance. And we can step forward with some grants in aid to continue to forward your wonderful mission," said Cawley.

Hawk Mountain will also be getting more than just state funding.

Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach also announced that in 2015, the county will be committing $365,000 through the Community Development Block Grant program.

"It gets them very close to the finish line and I believe, there is some people here today as potential major contributors. It is my hope that this will push them over the top," said Leinbach.

With both of these grants, Hawk Mountain will only be about $185,000 away from the total cost of the project.