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October 14, 2012

Keane Community Park taking shape

PENN'S CREEK — Approximately $125,000 in grant money has gone toward the renovation of a Centre Township ball field, the first phase in a plan to create a new park.

The funds for phase one, the first of three, went for the field’s landscaping, dugouts, handicap accessibility and concession stand, said Theresa Hibbs, project coordinator.

While the ball field was already there, it was facing the wrong direction. “The kids would be facing the sun when they were batting,” said Hibbs. Now, the field faces the proper direction.

A community work day on Oct. 6 helped build the concession stand and finished work on the stand’s roof.

Funding for phase one came from a community block grant worth approximately $60,000 as well as a $65,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Volunteers offered additional manpower for the concession stand’s construction and local businesses gave support and donations as well.

Aid came from Village Service Center, Hi-Li Corporation and JC Specialty. The company Glenco designed the layout of the concession stand for free.

Crews that aided in the concession stand’s building were Good’s Construction, Saylor & Paige and Richard’s Excavating.

Hibbs plans to have a second work day to complete the concession stand some time in the near future.

“Monetary donations, plus volunteer work on completing the inside would be most appreciated,” she said.

For phase two, work will begin on the park’s playground. The extent of renovations will depend on the amount of funding obtained, said Hibbs.

Phase three will consist of completing a picnic pavilion. Hibbs hopes to include a small kitchen area in the pavilion so that the facility can be rented out for parties or other events. There are also plans to include a small picnic area and a basketball or volleyball court.

Plans to create the Keane Community Park began four to five years ago, said Hibbs, when six acres of land was donated to the township by the family of Paul Keane, an active member of the community before his passing. The family wanted a park built on the land and named after Keane, a project which Hibbs has been spearheading.

“It’s been a slow process, but we’re very pleased with the outcome so far,” she said.

 

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