The Recreation Commission of the Antietam Valley is working with community volunteers to install a new playground at Carsonia Park this week. This project is the culmination of over 2 years of fundraising, through which the commission was able to raise nearly $120,000 in local contributions and charitable donations to pay for the new equipment.
The new playground will feature multiple apparatus to serve children ages 2-12, and will include a new fence, benches and pavilion. Volunteers from the community, joined by Alvernia University students completing community service through the Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement, will work together throughout the week, under the supervision of installers from General Recreation, Inc. The volunteers will be digging footers, mixing concrete, assembling and installing equipment, and spreading nearly 300 cubic yards of playground mulch. After the volunteers have finished their work, local contractors will install the concrete slab and sidewalk, build the pavilion and install a fence encircling the new playground. When the new playground is completed, the old playground will be removed and converted to lawn for community events.
Funders and supporters of the project include: Antietam Pool, Antietam Valley Community Partnership, Lower Alsace Township, the Wyomissing Foundation, the United Way of Berks County, the Borough of Mount Penn, and the Mount Penn Borough Municipal Authority, plus over $8,000 in donations from individuals and corporate community members.
The Recreation Commission of the Antietam Valley was created in 2015 to provide and preserve high-quality recreational opportunities to residents of the area. The Commission includes formal representatives from Lower Alsace Township, the Borough of Mount Penn, the Antietam School District, Exeter Township, the Borough of Saint Lawrence and the Mount Penn Borough Municipal Authority.