Parkland Press

Friday, February 22, 2019

Park to get courts

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have approved construction of two basketball courts in Covered Bridge Park at a cost of $50,000.

The new items will replace volleyball courts at the athletic field entrance to the park along River Road.

Director of township operations Randy Cope commented on the plan.

“Volleyball courts were grossly underutilized, so we will turn this area into a facility that can be programmed with leagues, clinics, and small tournaments,” Cope said. “The township has electricity in place should lights ever be added to the courts.”

In addition to two high school regulation size courts, the project includes player benches, score tables, posts, backboards and rims, nets, pavement, fencing and color coating.

This spring the public works department demolished the volleyball courts and construction a new base with millings in preparation for the basketball court installation.

Cope anticipates the courts will be ready for use by late summer.

In another matter, he reported a parking lot is taking shape at the site of the old recreation hall which was demolished and removed in December 2017 near Wehr’s Dam.

“We’ll seal coat and re-stripe the lot this summer with an expansion from 28 to 48 spaces,” Cope said.

Another focus of park improvement is the Vistas Park which consists of a new refinished basketball court and two multi-purpose fields used by the South Parkland Youth Association for soccer and field hockey.

The park is near St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church at Clauser and Chapmans Roads.

He said possibilities for park enhancements include a walking trail, lighting, trees, additional parking, and a pavilion.