Conneaut Lake Park

A more than $112,000 state grant will help Conneaut Lake Park improve its picnic pavilions and potentially attract more business to the nonprofit amusement park.

Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park has been awarded a $112,300 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, according to state Sen. Michele Brooks and state Rep. Parke Wentling, whose districts include Crawford County.

Six new pavilions are planned for Conneaut Lake Park, according to Jim Becker, executive director of Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park.

The DCNR grant covers 50 percent of the project costs associated with demolition of several existing pavilions and construction of the new ones, Becker said.

Additional grant applications and some private donations will be part of the total sources of funding for the project, Becker said.

Whether those new pavilions will be ready for the park's 2020 season depends on several factors, Becker said.

Those factors include grant award paperwork, obtaining all necessary permits as well as the construction schedule.

"It will be very challenging, but we're going to try," Becker said via email Thursday.

Each of the new pavilions must be Americans with Disabilities Act accessible, including appropriate parking areas and ADA signs, he said. The pavilions also will have a simple landscaping design, he said.

"Having new pavilions will also allow for Conneaut Lake Park to re-engage with local companies for events and gatherings," Becker said.

"We are very grateful to Sen. Brooks and Rep. Wentling for supporting this project in Harrisburg," Becker said. "Following a very successful summer season, this is yet one more example that Conneaut Lake Park is on the way back."

In announcing the grant, Brooks applauded the work of local officials and park supporters. She called the grant award an investment with a long-lasting impact on the park.

"This is a positive step forward in working to help preserve and beautify our local parks and expand their usage and accessibility to people of all ages and abilities," Brooks said. 

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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