Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund

Since 1993, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund has helped communities achieve tremendous and lasting conservation, recreational and economic benefits for the people of the Commonwealth. The Keystone Fund is made possible through a dedicated funding source – a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax.  Despite this dedicated funding source, the Keystone Fund has been targeted for severe budget cuts in recent years.

Keystone Fund’s Impact

The Keystone Fund has supported thousands of community park development projects including athletic fields, community centers, playgrounds and pools. Hundreds of miles of recreational trails have been built with Keystone funding. Tens of thousands of acres of community open space, wildlife habitat, state forests and parks are forever protected and available for public enjoyment because of the Keystone Fund.

In 2012-13, Keystone supported $26.9 million in community parks and recreation projects, trail projects, and land trust conservation projects.

The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis of the return on Pennsylvania’s investment in land and water conservation through the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund and found that every $1 invested in land conservation returned $7 in natural goods and services to the Pennsylvania economy.

Each Keystone dollar typically leverages $3.13 in DIRECT local investments in our parks, trails and community green spaces.

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