MOUNT CARMEL - State Rep. Robert E. Belfanti Jr. announced Friday that several communities in Northumberland County will receive funding from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for park and recreation projects.

Belfanti said the grants, totaling $440,000, include:

- $400,000 for development of the Northumberland County Off Highway Vehicle Park, recently renamed the Anthracite Outdoor Recreation Area, in Coal, East Cameron, Mount Carmel, West Cameron and Zerbe townships. Work will involve construction of an access road, parking, access for people with disabilities, trail construction, signs and other related improvements.

Residents can find more information about the project at

- $40,000 for the rehabilitation of Township Park in Zerbe Township, including the installation of new play equipment with required safety surfacing, access for children and adults with disabilities, landscaping, signs and other related improvements.

Belfanti said the grants were awarded through the state's Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The program uses money from a variety of state funding sources to help local governments and nonprofits develop and enhance park, recreation, conservation and greenways projects.