Cedar Crest College Awarded $1 Million Grant for Athletic Field Renovations

ALLENTOWN, Oct. 31 – Gov. Tom Wolf approved the release of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding, which had previously received legislative authorization, for Cedar Crest College, according to state Sen. Pat Browne and state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer.

“Cedar Crest College is a valuable educational asset to the Lehigh Valley,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Browne said. “I am pleased to support this improvement project, which will enhance its offerings to students and members of the community.”

The $1 million RACP funding will be used for renovating a grass soccer field into an all-year turf field.

“Cedar Crest College is a significant partner for the 132nd Legislative District, so I was glad to learn this project was approved,” Rep. Schlossberg said. “Between the community facilities and educational opportunities, Cedar Crest presents a tremendous benefit for the community.”

“Quality institutions of higher education are a crucial component for any strong community and Allentown is lucky to count Cedar Crest College among several in the Valley,” Rep. Schweyer said. “The renovation of this athletic field will not only improve an important part of campus life, it will also allow Cedar Crest to use the field in new ways that will benefit both students and the community as a whole.”

The funding, which will also provide for the installation of spectator seating and a press box, will allow the college to run camps, clinics, practices and sporting events on the field. The athletic field will also be available to rent for community events.

The RACP grant program is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. Projects selected for funding have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.

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