The first phase of the West End Regional Park is now in progress.

A handful of volunteers have begun cutting brush and clearing trees so a bid can be released to make walking trails, erect a pavilion and small parking lot on land acquired off Evergreen Hollow Road on Merwine-Hilltop Road in Brodheadsville.

In 2002, Chestnuthill, Ross, Eldred and Polk townships acquired 244 acres from Nettie Romascavage to create the West End Regional Park.

Then in September of 2006 an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement was formed among the four townships and the Pleasant Valley School District to create the West End Park and Open Space Commission (WEPOSC). The Commission provides for the funding, planning, development, operation, maintenance and programming for the West End Regional Park (WERP).

The master site plan for the WERP is broken into nine phases.

Bernie Kozen, director of WEPOSC, was responsible for applying for a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) grant. He has been notified that WEPOSC will be receiving a $68,000 grant. The commission is currently working on a corporate fundraising campaign and has received $20,000 from the ESSA bank and $2,000 from smaller local businesses to be used for the Phase I project.

The other projected eight Phases will include: walking trails; baseball, soccer, football fields; basketball courts; in-line skating area; volleyball court; winter skate park; dog park; pavilions; amphitheater; tot lot; splash pad; equestrian trails; community center and pavilion with meeting rooms.

Volunteers are needed, to help with the clearing of the land and to become a member of Friends of West End Park and Open Space Commission. If interested, please call 570-992-9733 to talk to Bernie Kozen or 570-9927247 and ask to speak to Dave Albright or Cathy Martinelli. You can learn more about WEPOSC by logging on to www.weposc.org.