The John Bartram Association is being awarded with a $2.6 million dollar grant to aid with the expansion of outdoor activities through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. In order to receive the funding Bartram’s Garden went through a competitive, state wide application process. Bartram’s Garden Executive Director Maitreyi Roy expressed gratitude for Governor Tom Wolf administration and their support, as well as Senator Williams and Joanna McClinton for making this project a priority.
Funding will be used to create a Mussel Hatchery and Education Center, the Mussel Hatchery will produce native river muscles to help bring in natural clean water to the river. According to Roy the muscles were extinct for years but thanks to the Clean Water Act the river is being restored. The grant will help Bartram’s Garden with the resources needed to create an outdoor classroom for young people. Internships will be available to provide students with an immersive experience.
Construction for the project will begin next year and Bartram’s Garden will be focusing on hiring local workers for construction and maintenance. The Mussel Hatchery and Education Center will bring several jobs to the community as well. The expansion of outdoor activities at Bartram’s Garden will provide opportunities for members of the Southwest community for years to come.