Eldred Township received a $40,000 Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Township Supervisor Gretchen Gannon-Petit was the grant writer.

Thanks to the DCNR grant, Eldred Township can start development of a small parking lot (20 parking spaces of the proposed 40 parking spaces) and a Tot-lot at the Walter W. Mock Park.

The township hopes to begin construction by spring of 2012. The project will provide public access to the park property, that was purchased (in part) with DCNR funds, in October 2007, from Jacqueline Mock. The park is in memory of her husband, Walter, and his family.

A priority of the DCNR agency is to provide open space for the community, preserve natural, sensitive habitats and educate children to appreciate nature.

The park will remain preserved as open space for simple walking trails, a Tot Lot playground, small ballpark and pavilion for family play.

The park is located in the central portion of the township between Church Road and Fiddletown Road.

DCNR is the primary source of state support for Pennsylvania recreation, parks, and conservation initiatives. Grant funding from DCNR assists hundreds of communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to plan, acquire, and develop recreation and park facilities, create trails, and conserve open space.

"Our grant investments work to bolster our vision for the health of our families, the vibrancy of our communities, the strength of our economy, and our quality of life in Pennsylvania," DCNR Deputy Secretary Cindy Dunn said.

"The grants allow us to partner with communities so that they can expand and improve the wonderful assets that make the places we call home vibrant and attractive."

Funding for the grants come from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1), and federal funding sources.