By Kim Glovas

By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — PECO Energy has awarded 35-thousand dollars to four different organizations as part of its Green Region Open Space Grants program.

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PECO’s Ben Armstrong says the grants will go to improve the Delaware River shoreline, the Schuykill River trail system, a West Philadelphia school lot and the Strawberry Mansion Community Garden Project. He says this is something the utility has been doing for over ten years.

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“These are all projects that have direct benefits to the community and provide for the continued preservation of open space,” says Armstrong.

He says the Horticultural Society is using the money to expand student learning opportunities at the Strawberry Mansion Community Garden. The Coalition will be continuing work at Greening Lea, a playground and park which used to be a barren one acre asphalt lot.

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Armstrong says PECO has a strong commitment to preserving and protecting farmland, parks, trails and watersheds. He says local municipalities and nonprofits have received over 1.6 million dollars in green grants for these kind of projects since 2004.