New Castle News

March 30, 2013

City applies for grant for fishing area

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The city of New Castle is applying for a state grant to make improvements at the Cascade Quarry.

Council approved submitting an application Thursday to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to provide better access to fishing.

The spring-fed quarry at the corner of Cascade Street and Countyline Road is stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The city is coordinating its efforts with the Lawrence County Conservation District.

JoAnn McCready, conservation district director, said an old access road needs to be re-established at the quarry.

Also, a few trails along the shore need to be improved to allow sportsmen to get to fishing areas, she noted. The 40-acre site has another access road and a parking lot.

Tammi Gibson, community development coordinator, said New Castle is applying for $25,000. The city will match the grant with community development block grant funds and in-kind labor by city workers, she explained.

The improvements also will make the area compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, she said. Current plans call for the improvements to be done in 2014.