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Erie Sports Commission Awards Record Amount of Matching Grants

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Erie, Pa:  The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce it has awarded a program-record $60,000 to recipients of its 2023 Facility Matching Funds Program. The funds have been awarded to six organizations, another program high: Erie Sports Center, ASCEND Erie, Around the Post Pickleball, Lake Erie Speedway, Lake Shore BMX and Asbury Woods.

The ESC’s Facility Matching Funds Program was established in 2019 to provide grant funding to Erie County facilities capable of hosting sporting events that generate tourism. A dollar-for-dollar match is provided for approved facility improvements.

“Drastically increasing the matching funds available has allowed us to do exactly what we set out to do – award larger, more impactful grants to more organizations,” Erie Sports Commission Executive Director Mark Jeanneret said. “We believe that these awards will help ensure that Erie continues to host and attract premier sporting events.”

The Erie Sports Center received $18,000 towards purchasing fencing and other materials needed to create four new baseball/softball diamonds, giving it a total of five diamonds.

ASCEND Erie, a new 25,000 square-foot indoor rock climbing facility opening later this year in downtown Erie, received $15,000 to purchase equipment needed to host climbing competitions. The competition-specific equipment will allow ASCEND Erie to begin hosting USA Climbing events soon after opening to the public.

Around the Post was granted $12,000 to construct four dedicated pickleball courts, which when combined with the neighboring Westwood Racquet Club will create the most indoor pickleball courts under one roof in the county.

Lake Erie Speedway was awarded $10,000 to repave parts of its pit area. The multi-purpose facility hosts events ranging from premier stock car racing and drifting to novelty events such as the RZR Bulls and Barrels Tour and the Great Lakes Taste of Summer Festival.

A grant of $4,000 was awarded to Lake Shore BMX to purchase track glue, and help fund the construction of a strider track, and Asbury Woods received $1,000 toward the purchase of reusable water bottle filler stations at the facility.

More information on the program, its history and past awardees, click here.