Dallas Township supervisors announce $236K grant for park upgrades



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    DALLAS TWP. — The township has received $236,194 in grant funding to revamp one of its two municipal parks, Supervisor Elizabeth Martin announced this week.

    “I am so thrilled that we finally got some money for the parks,” Martin said. “We have been hammering at them for two years for DCED, DCNR and LSA (grants) and we finally got funded.”

    The grant through the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Local Share Account — derived from gambling revenue — will fund phase one of the Dallas Township Park renovation, which includes installing nature-themed playground equipment.

    Supervisors started developing plans to improve both the Dallas Township and Kunkle parks last August with a public brainstorming session with landscape architect Bryan N. Smith and project manager Stephanie Milewski, both with the engineering firm Barry Isett & Associates Inc.

    Last year, the township applied for a $250,000 grant from DCED and a $48,752 grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, plus it planned a 50 percent funding match from the municipality to fund the renovation to both parks.

    The 6-acre Dallas Township Park, located on South Side Avenue and Lake Side Drive, currently features two basketball courts, a Little League field, hiking trails and outdated playground equipment.

    The 56-acre Kunkle Park previously had a Little League field but now features only hiking trails.

    Martin said residents have requested space for skateparks and dog parks within the existing sites.

    In other news:

    • Supervisors are rolling out a Clean & Green program that will enable residents to volunteer to pick up roadside trash and bag it.

    Road crews will pick up the trash bags and dispose of the garbage, said Martin Barry, township roadmaster.

    Interested residents can call the township office at 570-674-2000 for more information and make arrangements to pick up safety vests and garbage bags.

    • The next municipal meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the township administration office.

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    By Eileen Godin

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    Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews

    Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews

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