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Rep. Chrissy Houlahan Visits City of Coatesville Following $959,752 Funding Grant

May 16, 2024 | Coatesville

Coatesville, PA – May 15, 2024 – U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan visited the City of Coatesville on Monday to learn more about the City’s plans to revitalize Ash Park after she helped secure $959,752 for the project through a Community Project Funding Grant earlier this year.

“Recreation and gathering spaces are important pillars of our communities and foster connection between neighbors – that’s certainly been the case for Ash Park in Coatesville,” says Rep. Chrissy Houlahan. “Communal use and stormwater have deteriorated the park over the years, and now it’s time to renew this 9.3-acre space and broaden its positive impact on the community. I’m proud to have secured nearly one million dollars to not only bring more people to the space and allow for more community-building activities but also to implement new stormwater infrastructure to protect it for many generations to come.”

Situated between Walnut and Kersey Streets, Ash Park serves residents over a three-mile radius of the City. The Community Funding Grant will support implementation of the Ash Park Master Plan Phases I and II, of which the design phase is currently underway. Rep. Houlahan reviewed visual renditions of the renovations that depicted improvements including expanded play and recreation areas, a splash pad, a new common area for family gathering, landscaping and stormwater infrastructure, according to Coatesville Assistant City Manager Roberta Cosentino.

Representative Houlahan, with the support of U.S. Senator Casey, successfully funded this project and 13 additional Community Project Funding priorities through the House Appropriations Committee. The purpose of the grant program is to enable Members of Congress to allocate available federal funds to worthy local projects in a timely manner. 

“We appreciate the support of Representative Chrissy Houlahan and Senator Bob Casey and their teams who not only advocated for this project but were able to advance it through several review rounds,” says Coatesville City Manager James Logan. “This significant funding supports improvements to a vibrant community centerpiece for families, visitors and especially young people to gather and enjoy for years to come.”

The City collaborated with the Greening Coatesville Initiative, Natural Lands, and The Alliance for Health Equity to create the 2022 Master Plan to rehabilitate the park which included input from residents and elected officials and support from grant consultant Coleen Terry, owner of ECON partners.

About the City of Coatesville: The first and only city in Chester County, Coatesville is home to 13,300 neighbors and is undergoing economic and cultural revitalization that integrates innovation, education, and smart economic development. The City is fueled by a lively entrepreneurial spirit, rooted in its rich historic past. Founded in 1915, Coatesville’s Historic District features many resources listed on the National Register of Historic Places, coupled with vibrant new restaurants and small businesses in the downtown area. The City is home to the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum and the nationally recognized Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix. Coatesville.org

Interested? Check out our article on the Ash Park revitalization here.

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