Wayfarers who pass through Slatington now have a place to stop and take a drink of water during their journeys.
A new drinking fountain now adorns Slatington's Memorial Park, and is the latest addition to the site located at Second and Main streets.
In recognition of its installation, Northern Lehigh Future Focus conducted a dedication ceremony for the fountain this week at the park.
Dan Stevens, president, NLFF, said phase one of the park construction project was completed in the fall of 2010. That work consisted of the construction of a paved performance area; installation of a Victorian gazebo and benches; parking and sidewalk installation; and grass planting, he said. Funding for that phase was made possible by a Department of Community and Economic Resources grant, as well as donations from former classes who attended the old Slatington High School, which once stood on the lot.
Stevens said the black, dual spigot fountain is handicapped accessible, and contains a hose bib that can be used to water the vegetation in the park, and allows access to water for groups holding events in the park. Maintenance workers from the Slatington Borough crew poured the concrete base for the fountain and installed the fountain, he said.
The total cost of phase one was about $130,000, which included the DCNR grant; public donations; in kind services from the borough; a local electrician, who did wiring and outlet installation at the gazebo; and NLFF, which paid for the electrical parts. The borough's in kind services consisted of demolition work, line painting, water service installation, and other work. However, the originally planned landscaping around the performance area and gazebo had to be pulled out of the project due to a shortfall in funding.
Stevens then took a moment to recognize the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber Foundation for their contribution to the project, a check in the amount of $1,500, as well as the borough work crew, which he said "allowed us to continue to move forward with this ongoing project."
Ellie Passman, vice president of Regional Chambers for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the fountain will especially be of use to those who come off the Trailhead in search of a drink.
"This park has become the center for Slatington," Passman said. "Bringing the fountain here is a perfect addition to the park."
Last spring, NLFF, which has assisted the borough with the park project, applied for, and received, a $5,000 grant from First Niagara Bank to landscape the park, Stevens said. The landscaping work added trees, shrubbery and flowers to the areas around the performance area and gazebo.
Stevens added that MTS Landscaping, Slatington, did the landscaping and planted the vegetation.
The final component to the original plans for phase one included the drinking fountain. In 2011, Stevens said the NLFF applied for, and received, a $1,000 grant from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber Foundation. That, along with $1,500 in funding from the borough, enabled the purchase of the water fountain for the park.
Northern Lehigh Future Focus is a Slatington based community visioning group that serves the Northern Lehigh area.