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Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway tourism projects receive grants

Three heritage tourism projects in the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway area have been awarded nearly $140,000 in matching grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, the Greenway organization announced.

A $20,000 grant was awarded to the City of Havre de Grace for Concord Point Park. The grant will support the engineering, site work and utility costs to extend the length of the Promenade (part of the Greenway Trail) across newly acquired property adjacent to Concord Point Park. The city's purchase of the Gamatoria property north of the lighthouse was approved by Havre de Grace voters in May.

A $19,461 grant has been given to the Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace Inc. for phase two of the Lock House Museum's historic window and shutter rehabilitation project. The funds will be used to rehabilitate the windows on the first floor.

A $100,000 grant was awarded to Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway for heritage area management, project reinvestment and a mini-grant program, according to a news release from Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway.

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority awarded 58 matching grants totaling $2,724,457 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, local jurisdictions and tourism groups. The grants fund historic preservation, natural resource protection and educational programs in 12 state-designated heritage areas.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway is a nonprofit organization based in Darlington whose mission is to stimulate local economic activity by developing a links to natural, historic and cultural resources through land and water recreational trails. To date, 22 miles of continuous public recreation trails connecting Harford and Cecil counties have been constructed. The trail system has been designated priority segments of both the Star-Spangled Banner and Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trails.

For more information about Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, visit hitourtrails.com.

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