Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Hometown, recently made a $5,000 donation to the Rush Township Recreation Board in support of their proposed development and upgrades to Ryan Park.

The supervisors and the recreation board sent out requests to many area businesses earlier this year, asking for their support of the township's many recreational areas, which are in need of maintenance and upgrades.

According to township supervisor Robert Leibensperger, the township, in conjunction with the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission, has already applied for a $40,000 grant, which would require a match from the township, to help upgrade Ryan Park. The proposal for the park includes the establishment of walking trails and a pavilion, as well as new playground equipment.

Township officials are hopeful that with the improvements, the park could be tied into the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers trail corridors. There is also the potential to turn part of the 26 acre park into a fish hatchery.

Karl Nolte, the site manager at Hometown was pleased to make the presentation to the supervisors.

"Air Products has a commitment to our neighbors, and this is just one more way that we can help improve the quality of life for all residents, both young and old," said Nolte.

Supervisors have initiated a Gold-Silver-Bronze level of recognition for supporters of the program, for donations of $10,000, $5,000, and $1,000, respectively, however Leibensperger and Supervisor Steve Simchak made it clear that donations of any size will be appreciated and put to good use.

The supervisors also plan to erect plaques indicating donors at the parks where the donations are put to use.

Anyone who is interested in more information about the program can contact the township at (570) 668-2938.