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.
As an undergraduate student, I used to walk to Musser Gap from my dorm room on campus to spend a weekend or more backpacking. In the past few years, trails were created that connect Musser Gap to Shingletown Gap and the Mid-State Trail–one could start a hike at Musser Gap and hike for weeks without leaving the woods.