Playground to receive updates
The Grove Street park playground in South Whitehall will be receiving new equipment and other improvements this summer.
The park is located south of Walbert Avenue near Columbia Street and Whitehall Avenue, north of Route 22.
At a recent South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, Director of Township Operations Randy Cope commented on the project.
“We are rebuilding pocket parks,” Cope said. “We sent a survey to surrounding residents in January.
“We met with a few different sales representatives.”
The equipment selected by staff will be purchased from Kompan of Austin, Texas, at a cost of $49,215.
Cope noted the main structure is made of wood from South Africa which has a 15-year life expectancy.
He said a big tree on the site is rotting and has to come down. Two smaller trees will be removed and replaced.
A gate will be installed on the Whitehall Avenue side, and an Eagle scout will build a “Little Library” for the park.
The playground purchase will include a multi-deck play tower with slides, swings, a theater and music cottage, and a forest bug springer.
In other park news, Cope said township employees are prepping baseball fields for the new season and planting flowers at sign beds.
He reported in the past, users of Covered Bridge Park complained the restrooms were too far away.
In response, Cope stated this year portable toilets will be set up in Covered Bridge Park in convenient locations.
He stated another park project is the planting of arbor vitae on both sides of Grandview Park to hide the trash from Route 22.
In other business, Assistant Public Works Manager Jerry Charvala noted his team is working to repair potholes which developed throughout the winter.