We envision the Ginder Field as a premier recreational facility; not only for residents of Summit Hill, but also for local community members in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, as well as visitors and outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the historic Switchback Trail.
Phase 1: Accessibility
Our first step is funded by the Small Communities Development Grant through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources totaling $60,000 (including a $20,000 match). This first phase includes the creation of ADA-accessible parking, entry and walkways, the installation of benches and shade trees, and the removal of dilapidated equipment. Our contributing partners for the DCNR Grant are Carbon Engineering, Stoney Lonesome Excavating and Paving Inc., the Summit Hill Borough, and the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission. We held our first conference call with our state Recreation and Conservation advisor in early May and have begun the implementation process.
Phase 2: Outdoor Recreation Courts
Phase two is also funded by the Small Communities Development Grant through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources totaling $60,000 (including a $20,000 match). This specific phase of the project includes installation of a volleyball court, 2 horse shoe pits, and a bocce alley. Additionally, this phase will connect ADA accessible walkways from the play areas to the new sports courts. We will add native greenery and shade trees for aesthetics as well as a natural play area for children, and high-efficiency solar lighting. Finally, we will link the south end of Ginder Park with the larger, more spacious area by replacing an existing footbridge with an ADA accessible overpass.
Phase 3: Playground
The next step is securing funding for playground equipment through our application for DCNR’s Park Rehabilitation and Development program, submitted on April 12, 2017. The budget for this phase of the project totals $115,000, and the DCNR grant required a 50% match. Securing this funding will allow us to purchase new playground equipment for children with new safety surfacing, an information kiosk for community events, and additional lighting and benches. We hope to hear about the DCNR application in the coming months.
Future phases of the project may include renovations to the pavilion and garage, improvements to the baseball diamonds and track, and the installation of a skate park.