Over 550,000 dollars is coming to the valley region as part of a massive parks and recreation investment from the state.

Governor Tom Wolf is putting 70 million dollars into Pennsylvania parks and recreation. Over 270,000 of that is coming to Carbon County between two projects. $79,000 is going to Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe for new walkways, play and fitness equipment, and storm water drain improvements. $194,000 is to rehabilitate a one mile stretch of the D&L Trail in Franklin Township between the Franklin/Weissport line and Long Run.

In Schuylkill County, a quarter million dollars is going to the creation of a new public park. Atlas park in West Penn Township is getting developed into a playground. Besides playground equipment, access roads will be renovated, pedestrian walkways will be installed and a parking lot will be added.

And a Northern Lehigh County park will be getting a makeover. 54,000 dollars is going to the Slatedale Playground by the fire department and baseball field in Washington Township. Planned work includes revitalizing the basketball and volleyball courts, and building a dog park with fencing. The money and project management is going through the Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority.

There is no completion date set on any of these projects.