Thompson Announces $115,000 Grant for Galeton’s Berger Lake, Centertown Park Area Study

Jul 26, 2017

Strategic study will guide future recreational developments in area

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today announced a $115,000 federal grant to study recreational opportunities in the Galeton Berger Lake and Centertown Park Area.

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded the grant to the Galeton Development Corporation. It prepared the application with assistance from North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.

ABOUT THE STUDY

The Galeton Development Corporation will assess the feasibility of developing recreational opportunities associated with the area around Berger Lake in Potter County, its dam structure, the John J. Collins Centertown Park and the surrounding trail system.

Specifically, the study will explore:

-  Recreation potential for the area upstream and downstream of the dam with consideration of a trail along the streams/lake, a paddle craft launch, white water park, public access areas.

-  Potential of the aforementioned trail to connect to a larger system of trails therefore boosting recreational activity in the area.

-  The aesthetics of the dam and lake area. The positive benefits to the creek and lake ecosystems including whether or not there could be a flooding impact.

-  Public use potential, especially in the sense of economic development and tourism. Project cost and funding strategies particularly regarding long-term sustainability and maintenance.

Rep. Thompson said, “I am pleased to see that ARC funding will allow the Galeton Development Corporation to study how best we can utilize our natural resources like Berger Lake and the surrounding areas in Potter County. Before pursuing any kind of development, it is paramount that we study all the impacts it could have on the environment. We are fortunate to have beautiful outdoor areas for recreation, and I fully support the desire to help more people experience these places through recreational activities like fishing, hiking, biking and swimming.”

Bob Rusiewski, ARC/EDA Programs Director at North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission said, “This project represents a key strategic component for tourism and recreation to all that is going on in Potter County now with the Route 6 Alliance, The Pennsylvania Wilds, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources  planning process for Denton Hill State Park, and the Galeton-Genesee-Susquehanna Trail System.”

ABOUT THE ARC

The Appalachian Regional Commission awards grants and contracts from funds appropriated to the Commission annually by Congress. Program grants are awarded to state and local agencies and governmental entities (such as economic development authorities), local governing boards (such as county councils), and nonprofit organizations (such as schools and organizations that build low-cost housing). Contracts are awarded for research on topics that directly impact economic development in the Appalachian Region.