Upgrades at Montoursville mini-park unveiled

KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette Vincent J. Matteo, president and CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Montoursville Mayor John Dorin, Montoursville Chamber Chairwoman Sue Harvey and Vice Chairman Will Daniels pose for a photo on the re-paved patio of the Broad Street Mini-Park.

The Broad Street Mini-Park received a mini-makeover in September that was officially unveiled Monday afternoon.

The park, located next to Johnson’s Cafe on Broad Street in Montoursville, had its bricks reset in a different pattern that includes new, engraved bricks donated by community members and local businesses. Funding raised from the bricks, which are still being sold, goes toward Montoursville Borough projects “as needed,” Carroll Pawlikowski, of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, said.

“It’s the little things that enhance the community,” Pawlikowski said.

The idea for the project came from the Montoursville Chamber’s vice chairman, Will Daniels, chairwoman Sue Harvey said.

“[The park] was needing a little updating, so this was a great way to bring in funding and new bricks,” she said.

The borough first developed the park about 10 years ago, in collaboration with community members, to help give downtown Montoursville that extra something special, Mayor John Dorin said.

“We needed something downtown. Every little thing counts,” he said. “It was a community effort with the borough.”

No taxpayer dollars paid for the park’s development, nor do they pay for updates such as this over the years. Even the shrubbery, still-blooming roses and young spruce tree were donated and are cared for by the Montoursville Garden Club.

“It’s just wonderful what they do,” Dorin said. “We’re so thankful.”

Dorin places importance on the streetscape and aesthetic of the downtown area because of the effects it seems to have on traffic, he said.

“We get about 19,000 vehicles driving through here every day,” Dorin said. “We want the opportunity for our merchants to have these people stop in.”

But not only is an attractive town and storefront potentially better for business — it’s also better for safety.

The combination of well-cared-for trees, sidewalk pavers, period lighting and other aesthetic features allow for “what they call ‘traffic-calming,’ “ Dorin said.

“This makes people want to slow down,” he explained.

“And hopefully stop to participate with our merchants,” he added.