Upgrades to Muncy park continue — opening planned

MUNCY — A ribbon cutting and official opening ceremony will be held this Spring for a five-acre land parcel located in northeast Muncy.

Green Street Park is estimated to be one of the borough’s oldest community parks. Borough council applied for a state grant four years ago and a matching grant of $102,000 was raised.

Funding was provided by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Community Conservation Partnership Program; and the Waldron Fund through First Community Foundation Partnership organization. In March, the lot will be re-christened the Margaret E. Waldron Park.

A 2013 site information and analysis of the park stated that the recreational amenity was not living up to its potential. Located along Division and Green streets, it is a walkable destination for people of all ages and abilities living in the borough’s compact community.

Improving the borough’s sites and pedestrian access by reinvesting in the already-established areas is a more economical approach, the analysis recommended.

Because the site is used most heavily in connection with Little League baseball games, the analysis determined that the play area should be repositioned to establish clear lines-of-sight between spectator bleacher stands and the play area apparatus.

Council’s Recreation Committee developed a park plan providing young children a safe accessible place for outdoor recreation. New equipment installed includes a PLAY-WEB, NEOS (interactive game with eight options), a Tot Lot for children ages 2-5 years and a pavilion.

Primarily utilized by Little League baseball teams over the years, the site featured a basketball hoop, and playground and pavilion fixtures. The park is enhanced by a wooded, leafy backdrop of Glade Run, a meandering stream that weaves through the borough.

Along with walkways and a large parking area with ADA parking, the most current certified safe equipment and safety surfaces were installed, beginning last July. Estimated opening was October; however, completion occurred in early December. Excavating for the walking paths at the Green Street park was provided by general contractor Cable Services, of Williamsport.

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