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.
During a particularly exciting bird walk along the creek with community residents on May 10, 2014 I was amazed by the sheer numbers of migrating songbirds that we were finding– from Worm-eating, Blue-winged, and Bay-breasted Warblers to Gray-cheeked Thrushes and a White-eyed Vireo–when up popped a Red-headed Woodpecker. Our excitement nearly tripled as we got to see this beautiful but rare bird for an extended period of time.