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49 Acres of Land on the Friends Hospital Property Secured for Public Use

State Rep. James Clay Jr., D-Phila., today said the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $150,000 grant to Natural Lands Trust Inc.

Clay said the funding will be used to purchase 49-acres of streamside lands on the Friends Hospital Property, which is currently owned by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. The land will help protect a newly installed public trail, conserve the wooded valley adjacent to Philadelphia’s Tacony Creek Park. Clay said the acquisition will also ensure public access to the property.

“I am grateful that the CFA has recognized the importance of this project to the people of Northeast Philadelphia,” Clay said. “This funding will go a long way in helping conservation efforts in this part of the city, and increase the quality of life for those in the community.”

The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent state agency that evaluates and administers funding for projects that create jobs and invest in the state’s financial growth. To find out more about CFA programs, visit