To help build environmental stewardship by connecting families with community green spaces, Springfield Township is the recipient of a $15,000 Healing the Planet grant from The GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. This award will be added to $208,000 in grant funding that Springfield Township has received to date for the Mermaid Park Stream & Habitat Restoration Project.
Initiated back in 2019, the Township aims to restore the natural habitat and improve the water quality at Mermaid Park by shading and stabilizing the nearby streambank through regrading the planting of over two dozen native shade trees, constructing a pre-filtration forebay to help capture sediment and filter water, dredge Mermaid Pond to increase the depth of the pond and inhibit harmful algae growth, and construct a passive walking trail around the park perimeter.
More than $500,000 in funding has been awarded by The GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful in support of 42 projects to build environmental stewardship by connecting people and families to community green spaces, support environmental restoration efforts, and build community gardens. Funding for the grants was provided by customers at GIANT, MARTIN'S, and GIANT Heirloom Market stores who agreed to round up their grocery purchase to the nearest dollar from March through May.