Thorpe receives Memorial Park grant – Times News Online

Published on September 10, 2022 at 08:27

Grant money continues to flow into the borough of Jim Thorpe for the implementation of a site master plan at Memorial Park.

The municipality learned this week that it will receive $171,000 for Phase 2 of the project, which includes the construction of pedestrian walkways; installation of play equipment for 5 to 12 year olds, a sensory garden and public services; Access to the Americans with Disabilities Act, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements.

The funding comes from a recreational grant from the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and will contribute to the Phase 2 estimated cost of $333,760.

“When we started this, we spent about $20,000 on the Memorial Park site master plan and there were some initial concerns about budgeting for that kind of money,” said board chairman Greg Strubinger. . “But we did it because we knew we could use this plan to get grants that would help make this a reality. This is exactly how we hoped it would turn out and we are very pleased with the return on this first investment.

The borough received a combined amount of $287,000 for phase 1 of the project from three different sources, including the DCNR and the Ministry of Community and Economic Development.

Phase 1, for which the borough hopes to begin design work soon, will include new play equipment for children aged 2 to 5.

New playground equipment was one of the top 10 park amenities ranked as extremely important by survey respondents as Jim Thorpe developed a master plan for the site.

Other amenities rated extremely important included extra lighting, extra restrooms, veterans memorials, a community center, more benches, summer programs for families, walking paths, a skating rink, and bike racks. The complete Memorial Park Site Master Plan is available on the Borough’s website at

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