Mifflin Township receives grant for park upgrades

Mifflin Township Park will get a facelift next year.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, or DCNR, awarded $43,500 to Mifflin Township to make various improvements and add new amenities, including a handicap-accessible fishing pier and an extended walking path.

In preparation for applying for the grant, residents of Mifflin Township and Salladasburg Borough received a survey in the mail from the Mifflin Township Recreation Board, asking what improvements they most wanted to see at the park.

The responses to the survey varied, but “the common thread was an extended walking path,” said Mifflin Township secretary Renee Sheddy. “People really want to see that in the park. That and the fishing pier improvements are the big projects.”

Sheddy said the work also will include the installation of new benches along the path and new playground equipment for the existing “Tot Lot,” the play area for young children, and smaller projects like landscaping and sign improvements. Picnic tables near the path are a possibility, she added, depending on how the final plans develop and how much funding will remain after completion of the big projects.

Work should start late next year.

“As I understand it, it takes time for grant funds to be released, so we don’t have a solid start date,” Sheddy said. “But we’re hoping that it will start in late 2014.”

In a press release, DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said the grants “allow us to partner with communities so that they can expand and improve the wonderful assets that make the places we call home vital and attractive.”

The grant is being given as part of the DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Community Conservation Partnerships Program, which is awarding more than $38 million dollars statewide for projects such as these.