Soon the playground at Gring’s Mill Recreation Area will be out of the woods, literally and figuratively.
Credit goes to an issue not likely to hit Berks County directly: drilling for natural gas.
County officials recently were told they could expect a check any day for $345,000 from the impact fees gas producers pay the state. That’s on top of the $349,068 they received last year. The money must be spent for parks and recreation projects.
The money enables the county to bump up the timetable for projects identified in the parks department’s five-year plan, and avoid spending taxpayer money on them, county Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt said.