LSHG Lands $198K In Grants For Local Projects

The North Park Trail, Lock House and Skipjack Martha Lewis will benefit from grants acquired by the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway.

The waterfront and history of the area just got a big boost.

Five projects located along the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway have been awarded $198,000 in grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

Three grants will directly benefit initiatives, while another will benefit a Port Deposit-based program. The LSHG was granted $90,000 for management, project reinvestment and a mini-grant program, according to a news release.

"The LSHG was pleased to work with each partner to submit a strong and competitive heritage area grant package, with all five projects submitted receiving matching state funds from Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Each project contributes to preserving and sharing our unique history on the Upper Bay while providing lots of recreational opportunities for the public," Mary Ann Lisanti, executive director of Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, said in the release. "We are grateful for the investment from the State of Maryland for all our heritage tourism projects contributing to the economic development of both counties."

A breakdown of the grants:

  • $34,400 for the » To "provide safe pedestrian, bicycle, vehicular and visual linkages from the Trail to heritage tourism activities in Havre de Grace’s Main Street District and Susquehanna State Park," the release said.
  • $22,267.50 for window and shutter rehabilitation at the Lock House » It "will assist with the rehabilitation of the museum’s 13 second-floor historic wood window sashes, shutters and frames.  was the recipient of the grant," according to the release.
  • $14,500 to the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy, Inc. for the » To "help restore the main support beam of the Skipjack Martha Lewis," the release said.
  • $36,500 to the Town of » To be used "for trail development and signage at the Jacob Tome Gas House and Northern Map Turtle Refuge. The grant will be used to complete the river walk promenade that links Port Deposit Marina Park to the Port Deposit Historic District and will include a pedestrian trail, interpretive signage and a protected habitat for the endangered Northern Map Turtle," the release said.

Statewide, some $2.7 million was awarded through 63 matching grants to non-profit organizations, tourism organizations and local jurisdictions, the release said.

TELL US: Do you regularly visit North Park, the Lock House or the Skipjack Martha Lewis? Leave a comment.

Fred Cullum August 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Always great news when the City can get some of our tax dollars back in grants. Also glad to see that the short sightedness of some council members a few years ago, that took 2/3 of the LSHG budget allotment away and gave it to one councilman's pet projects at the time, hasn't interfered with this process.
Biller's Bikes August 06, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Congratulations! Where there's a will...
Tom Fitzpatrick August 06, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Very good show!!!!!!
William Watson August 07, 2012 at 12:37 PM
The City of Havre de Grace is indeed fortunate to be part of the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Corridor and have Councilwoman Lisanti representing LSHG. LSHG has been an invaluable partner in numerous projects that have improved our way of life and "sense of place". Congratulations to all.
Paul Callahan August 08, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Are those councilmember(s) still currently on the council?


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