More than 2,400 community park development projects including ball fields, playgrounds, pools, picnic areas, and recreation centers have been made possible by Keystone Fund grants.
The Keystone Fund has helped to preserve more than 117,000 acres of green space for county and municipal parks, greenways, wildlife habitat, and open space uses.
The Keystone Fund was created in 1993 with overwhelming support in the Pennsylvania legislature. In November 1993, 67% of Pennsylvanians voted to supplement the Keystone Fund’s permanent funding stream with $50 million in bond revenues.
The Keystone Fund helps communities help themselves — a great deal for state government. Each dollar of Keystone Fund investment typically leverages $3.13 in direct local investments in our parks, trails, community green spaces, and libraries.
Back when my sons were younger and playing Connie Mack and American Legion Baseball, I spent nearly every evening – most of spring, all of summer, and a good way into fall – at the park, sitting in the snack stand of the baseball field. The park is my favorite place to be deep in the fall, when the leaves have changed and everything is all reds and golds and oranges. Later in the evening, you can sit and see the trees, illuminated by the baseball field lights, and the dark sky overhead. I have taken many photos of that scene, but none do it justice. The park late at night (some games went until almost midnight), when the moon is shining through the trees and deer walk by like you are not even there, is a pretty magical place.
Riding my bicycle on the Hoodlebug Trail in Indiana County is beneficial in many ways. It provides me and many others equal opportunity recreational riding. I appreciate that anyone–regardless of physical condition, age, gender, or type of bike–can use the trail at their pace and feel they are in a safe place doing so. There is community value in being able to greet others on the trail doing activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional health.