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Duncansville seeking grants for park renovation

Multi-phase project includes pickleball court, play equipment

Duncansville is seeking two grants for proposed improvements at the borough’s Memorial Park.

Blair County commissioners and the Blair County Planning Commission, in separate meetings on Thursday, voted in favor of submitting letters of support for a $250,000 grant the borough is seeking from the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.

The commissioners and the planning commission also voted Thursday in favor of supporting the borough’s application for a $3,150 grant from the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission Mini-Grant program, also to benefit the park.

Regional Planner Jamie L. Klink told the planning commission that a park site improvement plan will create the visual for future improvements and lay the foundation to seek funding for the proposed improvements.

Currently, proposed improvements are planned as a multi-phased project, to include removal of the dilapidated tennis court, excavation of the court area and the addition of a basketball/pickleball court.

Planned improvements also include the creation of additional parking and handicapped accessibility, Klink said.

Additional phases call for revitalizing and connecting the existing walking trail, replacing playground equipment and safety features, adding additional lighting for safety and extended recreation time, and revitalizing the entertainment stage area.

Planning commission members praised the project but said future maintenance is important.

“I think it is a nice park and needs this. I hope they are prepared to put a little more into the maintenance of it,” Randy Isenberg said.

“They shouldn’t be allowed to get any other grants if they don’t maintain it,” Patrick Baechle said.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.

— Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens contributed to this story.

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