The EQT Corporation recently donated $500,000 to the Wisecarver Reservoir Recreation Project near Waynesburg. The project will develop the 360 acres around the reservoir into a destination for families and outdoor enthusiast.
Mike Belding, Chairman of the Greene County Commissioners stated, “As we continue to develop amenities and recreational opportunities for Greene County residents and visitors, we are ever so grateful for the continued support of our industry partners. Many will recognize EQT as an ever-present sponsor of county and non-profit events, and we truly appreciate their investments in our communities and Greene County.”
Toby Rice, EQT President and CEO said, “EQT strives to be a good neighbor and give back to the communities where we operate. We greatly value our relationship with Greene County and are proud to support the transformation of this signature outdoor recreational space. We look forward to seeing the evolution of Wisecarver Reservoir and remain committed to doing our part to help drive economic growth and prosperity throughout the community."
Phase One of the project, which is nearing completion, included parking areas, a small walking trail, and the first of three softball fields. Funding for the initial phase was obtained from the state and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has also provided funding for the first of two kayak/canoe launches, which will kick off Phase Two of the development.
Additional plans for the area include ADA accessible walking, fishing, and picnic areas. An amphitheater, biking trails, a 3D archery range, and areas for drone launches and environmental education classes are also part of the scheduled development. Support facilities such as rest rooms and concessions will also be available to visitors.
The reservoir was created in 1931 with the construction of a dam built by the Waynesburg Water Company, which was purchased by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority in the late 1960s. The SPWA stopped using the reservoir as a water supply in the early 1990s.
County Commissioner Betsy McClure said, “Greene County is building momentum in economic growth at a record pace. I feel part of the momentum is the relationship that is being fostered with industry partners such as EQT. We are sincerely grateful to them for investing in the growth of recreation in the county.”
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Ellen Rossi, President of the EQT Foundation; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; Casey Durdines, EQT Government and Community Affairs Specialist; Commissioner Mike Belding; Commissioner Betsy McClure; and Kaitlyn Magyar, EQT Community Investment Coordinator.