Middletown Township residents received an early Christmas present this year and now have state funding to reinvigorate its Community Park. The $250,000 grant will allow the Parks & Recreation Department to add features for children and seniors alike.
The township first applied for the grant in mid-April through the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It will match a $250,000 contribution from the township along with donations from residents.
When Middletown first applied for the grant, Chairperson of the Board of Supervisors Amy Strouse said the park would appeal to people of all ages.
“We want to make sure our seniors feel like there’s something for them in the park,” Strouse said. “They don’t have to climb up a ladder or go down a slide, but if they want to work on their flexibility or their agility there’s some equipment with some guidance for them as well.”
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The equipment for seniors will be placed near the entrance to the park, according the the township’s newsletter. Friends and neighbors can walk to the park together, regardless of fitness levels, and work out.
An additional $353,000 grant from the Bucks County Open Space Program will go towards revamping trails, paths, and walkways throughout and around the park. The project will install a brand new path between the Middletown Community park and the Core Creek Park.
And not to be forgotten, 5th Pocket Skateparks has made a new design to rebuild the skatepark, destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. The 8,000 square foot brand new structure will once again be a hangout spot for young people in the township. With the help of Skate Park Committee, residents raised $72,000 for this project.
Meanwhile, a rubberized surface will replace wood chips throughout the park for safer play. The project also includes installing a programmable interactive activity wall. This modern structure will offer skill challenges and new ways for residents to have fun.