Nov. 19, 2021

HARRISBURG – The long-awaited development of the historic Merwinsburg Hotel property in Chestnuthill Township took a major step forward today with the awarding of a state grant in the amount of $100,000, announced Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe). 

The township purchased the 51-acre facility in 2008 and plans to create an outdoor recreational area, including a trail loop, ADA parking area, restrooms and sewage system. 

“The project will give the Merwinsburg Hotel property new life and significant recreational value for residents by providing a space to hike and view wildlife. The trails that are planned in conjunction with the hotel will allow for the enjoyment of Chestnuthill’s natural beauty and history,” said Rader. “I strongly support this project and was pleased to work with township officials in advocating on its behalf.”

The grant was made available through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, which offers assistance with the planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. It is supported by the Marcellus Legacy Fund established by Act 13 of 2012.

The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which was established as an independent agency that holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

Representative Jack Rader
176th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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