Keystone Fund grants have supported over 3,700 community park projects, including ball fields, green spaces, playgrounds, pools, and recreation centers.
The Keystone Fund helps communities help themselves. Each dollar in Keystone Fund grants typically leverages $3.13 in direct local investments in our parks, trails, community green spaces, and libraries.
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 has helped to preserve more than 161,000 acres of open space for people and wildlife.
Come summer, there’s nothing to compare to the relief afforded by a dip in the water – be it a stream, a lake, or a swimming pool. Thanks to the Keystone Fund, improved beach and pool access for swimmers of all abilities is now possible in locations as diverse as the lakefront at Poe Valley and the swimming pool at Ryerson Station.
On my first day, I was taken aback when I realized that this oasis existed. To say that I was genuinely surprised would be an understatement. I could not believe that Philadelphia has this large space which so many residents were unaware of. I wanted to get the word out, to get people to come to Awbury and see the great things that the arboretum offers. In my first few months there, every day that I came to work I would see something different. Whether it was a homeschool class participating in an activity outside, a new artist gallery in the Cope House, or exploring a new part of Awbury, there was always something new.