New Castle News

December 21, 2013

City receives grant for pedestrian riverwalk

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The city of New Castle has received a $15,000 planning grant for a pedestrian riverwalk in the downtown.

The state grant is being matched by an equal amount from the county. The county has committed $25,000 for the project.

Tammi Gibson, the city’s community development coordinator, said the county will provide the remaining $10,000 later toward construction.

At its regular meeting Thursday, council authorized advertising for proposals for planning of the riverwalk.

In July, Kimberly Koller-Jones, representing New Visions for Lawrence County, talked about a riverwalk passing through the downtown and along the Neshannock Creek with the capacity to link to a larger network of trails.

Council also approved the submission of an application for a federal Our Town Grant not to exceed $200,000.

That grant would be used in partnership with the Warner Film Center of New Castle in its efforts to create theaters and a museum in tribute to the Warner brothers’ first permanent theater that opened on Mill Street in 1907.

The city, which would administer the grant, also would partner with the Endowment for the Arts Program, which is proposing a mural on the side of a building on Kennedy Square.

The grant would be matched by $200,000 the city already has spent from a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant and funds being raised by the Warner Film Center.

Matthew Staniszewski, community and economic development director, said there is no guarantee the city will receive the grant because it is “extremely competitive.”