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READING, Pa. - Two of Reading's top recreation areas will benefit from a pair of state grants.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has approved a $250,000 grant for the city's Third and Spruce Recreation Center and $25,000 for its Schlegel Park pool.

"These grants will provide a much-needed restoration and update to one of our city's playgrounds as well as provide research for the planned rehabilitation of Schlegel Pool," said state Rep. Tom Caltagirone. "Studies show play is key to the physical, intellectual and social well-being of our children, so it's fulfilling to realize our youngest generation will soon build memories involving these two rehabilitated safe spaces."

An additional grant of $33,900 was awarded to Berks County for a written comprehensive update and plan for recreation, park, and greenways.

"I'm pleased to see the state recognizes the importance of providing safe and up-to-date recreation options for our children, as well as other community members," said state Rep. Mark Rozzi. "Investing in parks and community recreation projects can help our residents get outdoors and enjoy healthy lifestyles."

The grants are part of the DCNR's Community Parks and Partnerships program.