Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund

Fact sheet

Keystone projects by county

Keystone projects by grant recipient

Keystone Video

DCNR database of Keystone projects (2003- )

Since 1993, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund has helped communities achieve tremendous and lasting conservation, recreational and economic benefits for the people of the Commonwealth.

2013-14 Budget Update

Governor Corbett’s proposed 2013-14 budget maintains the status quo in terms of overall project funding. Proposed allocations by agency:

  • Department of Conservation & Natural Resources = $43.7 M
  • PA Historical & Museum Commission = $8.7 M
  • Department of Education (library projects) = $14.8 M

2012 Budget Attack

In March 2012, Governor Corbett’s proposed 2012-13 budget ELIMINATED  ALL Conservation, Park and Recreation funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund and proposed the Fund be used to pay for general government operations.   The budget went as far as to propose that the termination of funding be made permanent. This would have meant a loss of $30M for conservation in 2012-13 and far more in the long-run. It would have been the biggest cut to conservation funding ever proposed in Pennsylvania. (Keystone funding for libraries and historic preservation would have remained intact under the proposed budget.)

Conservation and recreation prevailed thanks to the General Assembly, in particular Rep. Adolph, and a strong grassroots campaign with dedicated individuals.  The PA House and Senate voted to fund the Keystone program in full (as well as maintain funding for farmland preservation).

Keystone Fund’s Impact

The Keystone Fund has supported thousands of community park development projects including athletic fields, community centers, playgrounds and pools. Hundreds of miles of recreational trails have been built with Keystone funding. Tens of thousands of acres of community open space, wildlife habitat, state forests and parks are forever protected and available for public enjoyment because of the Keystone Fund.

In 2012-13, Keystone supported $26.9 million in community parks and recreation projects, trail projects, and land trust conservation projects.

Each Keystone dollar typically leverages $3.13 in DIRECT local investments in our parks, trails and community green spaces.

These numbers are lower than typical because of the down-turn in the real estate market but should move substantially higher as state realty transfer tax receipts, 15% of which are directed by law to Keystone, rise with increased volume of property sales.

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