Schwenksville Borough in partnership with the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy and six other municipalities has received a $50,000.00 2020 Montco 2040 Implementation Grant for Perkiomen Creek Water Trail Signage and Wayfinding Project.
The grant, aimed at implementing the county comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, is one of fifteen recently awarded by the Montgomery County Commissioners. These 2020 grant awards account for $2,250,000. Since the program’s inception in 2016, over $7.5 million has been awarded to projects.
The project - Perkiomen Creek Water Trail Signage and Wayfinding Project involves Seven municipalities of the Perkiomen Valley Region who will design and install a wayfinding signage program to support the newly designated Perkiomen Creek Water Trail, a PA State Water Trail. Approximately 130 signs at 40 different locations will be installed to enable Water Trail users to navigate to public access areas along an 18-mile stretch of the Perkiomen Creek, navigate the Water Trail itself, and access amenities adjacent to the creek. Municipalities are partnering with the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy in the project.
Schwenksville Borough was also the recipient of a $12,000 grant for it's Main Street Pavilion Project. This 2020 award, together with the 2019 $66,180 grant award will purchase and install a public pavilion, ornamental lighting and self-watering planters for the final phase of its Main Street Plaza project. This grant will help to fulfill a funding gap and complete the public gathering space and adjacent park and trail amenities at the future home of the new borough hall.
The Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program is intended to assist municipalities in making targeted physical improvements that achieve real progress toward the goals of Montco 2040 and its themes of Connected Communities, Sustainable Places, and Vibrant Economy.
Schwenksville has also been recommended for a 2020 CDBG Grant to repair Clearfield Avenue from where the 2019 grant project left off at the culvert up to the terminus at Mine Hill Road.
The Borough examines its needs both above ground (roads & sidewalks) and below ground (stormwater management) and tries to make capital improvements one road at a time. Grants make it possible for Borough to stretch limited resources further and make better quality and longer lasting repairs. The Borough is very grateful for these funding sources and the assistance and support it receives from State Representative Marcy Toepel and State Senator Bob Mensch.