Rush Township works to develop Quakake Park
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS The Heckman, Isganitis, Messerschmidt American Legion Post 973, Quakake, presented a check for $100 towards the development of Quakake Park. Participating in the presentation were, from left, Jim Shaup, post chaplain; Stephen W. Simchak, chairman, Rush Township Board of Supervisors; Robert J. Leibensperger, supervisor; Carmen Forke, post commander; and Walter Taylor, township auditor.
Quakake Park sits nestled in that village at the corner of Rogosky Street and Route 1019 in Rush Township, and plans are under way to develop the recreational facility.
Currently, the park consists of a full-size macadam basketball court, a paved parking area and a swing set.
The Rush Township Board of Supervisors received funding, in the form of a $27,500 development/small community grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), in July, 2006, to benefit the park.
Under the terms of the grant, the total project cost is $35,000, which includes local matches of $7,500.
The supervisors received a donation of $100 from the Heckman, Isganitis, Messerschmidt American Legion Post 973, Quakake, to put towards the local matching funds for the park. Carmen Forke, post commander, and Jim Shaup, chaplain, presented the check to Supervisors Chairman Stephen W. Simchak and Supervisor Robert J. Leibensperger.
The board announced that other companies and individuals have also donated towards the park project, including Fox Trucking, Inc., Grouse Hunt Farms, Hazleton Scrap and Recycling, Grand Prix Excavating, Northeast Hydro-Seeding, Roland Harper, PLS, Highway Equipment, D.P. Fence Company, WIlliam McMullen, Daniel Farber, Sr. and Daniel Farber, Jr., Troop Contracting, Inc., and the Rush Township Road Department.
Future plans for the area include the installation of park lights, curbing, planting of trees and shrubs, painting and lining of the basketball courts, and putting up a park sign.
Donations toward the park project are being accepted by the township.For more information, contact the Rush Township administrative office at (570) 668-2938.