Work continues to progress at a recreational facility in Lower Towamensing Township.
Further proof of that was evident this week as volunteers continued to plug away at the Stoney Ridge P.A.R.C. along Fireline Road.
Once completed, the recreation center will be open to the public and be fully heated/cooled, have a functional snack bar, restrooms, and Wi-Fi Internet access.
As for the park area itself, there will be a pavilion for use by the general public; baseball fields; basketball courts; a multipurpose field; a tee-ball field; a tot lot and swings; a pavilion for Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations; and a walking path.
But, that wouldn't be the case if not for the litany of volunteers who have stepped up to move the process forward, according to Ron Walbert, chairman of the township's board of supervisors.
Walbert recognized Blue Mountain Ski Area, namely Barbara Green and Bruce Ebert; Shea's Hardware; Service Team; Bill George, of George's Plumbing & Heating; Pencor Services, Inc.; Todd Wentz, of Fireline Foundations; Sikorsky Concrete; Blue Ridge Country Club; and Todd Solt, of Cornerstone Industrial Services, among others.
"I'd personally like to thank all the talented people who donated their time," Walbert said. "This is about recognizing the people that made this happen."
Walbert said he's "excited" with the progress that continues to be made.
"I think it's going to be a first-class facility when it's done," he said. "Everything hinges on funding, and the community donating their time and expertise to help us along with this project."
Last week, supervisors agreed to adopt a resolution to file for a $116,375 grant for the construction of a parking lot at the facility. The grant is a local share assessment fund.
That decision came after supervisors last month awarded a contract to Bruce N. George Paving & Excavating, Kunkletown, in the amount of $79,520, to build basketball courts at the facility, contingent on the review of the township's engineer.
Supervisors Chairman Ron Walbert noted at that time that the proposal from George was less than the $85,000 grant the township received from the Department of Conservation and Economic Development in July of 2011. That grant was secured through the office of state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) and former state Rep./Speaker of the House Keith McCall.
In March, supervisors agreed to award a contract to Livengood Excavators, Walnutport, in the amount of $138,885. That bid was broken down into two phases: $124,695 to level areas for the basketball courts, and install an erosion and sedimentation plan, with the other $14,190 to level various piles of soil.
The township received a $108,000 grant for the E&S plan, but a certain contingency reduced that amount to $104,000. The township will use that, along with $34,000 from its general fund, to pay for the work.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the park in June of 2009. The township purchased the land from the Knights of Columbus in 2000.