Greenfield Twp. gets funds to upgrade park facilities

Greenfield Township has received a $40,000 grant to upgrade the playground and basketball areas at the Claysburg Area Community Park to make them more accessible.

The project includes the removal of Americans with Disabilities Act barriers; construction of a new pathway between playground, the basketball court and an ADA paved parking area; and installation of concrete pads at existing benches, new playground equipment with required safety surfacing, project sign and related site improvements, according to a press release.

“I am very grateful to everyone involved in securing this DCNR grant. The community park is something we are very proud of,” Jordan Oldham, township supervisor, said. He added he is always interested in looking at options to make the park more accessible to visitors and residents of Greenfield Township.

The Claysburg Area Community Park does not meet the 2010 ADA Standards for accessible design requirements since the park was developed in the late 1990s, said Arlene Kuntz, township secretary and treasurer.

“The park is a place of many family and community events; therefore, it is important to the Greenfield Township Board of Supervisors to have a park accessible and usable to everyone in our community and surrounding areas,” Kuntz said.

The Pennsylvania Depart­ment of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded the township the grant and is a primary source of state support for recreation, parks and conservation initiatives.

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conser­vation Director Laura Imgrund said, “Pennsyl­vania’s local parks, trails and natural areas create many opportunities to be active outdoors. They define our communities and make them places where people want to live, work and play. Our grants help our local partners meet the vision they have for their communities and regions.”

Greenfield Township also has access to $20,000 from a Community Development Block Grant for the recreational project upgrades.

At the Dec. 4 meeting, two supervisors approved to purchase a fire engine play structure that will be installed at the park this spring.

DCNR grant funding goes toward planning, acquiring and developing recreation and park facilities; trail creation; and open space conservation. Grant money comes from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Con­servation Fund, the Envi­ronmental Stewardship Fund and federal funding sources.

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