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, and 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 the initial conference call with our state Recreation and Conservation advisor in 2017 and have begun the implementation process. We are extremely grateful to our contributors: Carbon Engineering, Stoney Lonesome Excavating and Paving, the Summit Hill Borough and the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission.
Phase 2: Playground
Phase two is funded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The budget for this phase is $117,200. The implementation of this phase includes the purchase of new playground equipment for children with new safety surfacing, an information kiosk for community events, and additional lighting and benches. Our contributors include Mr. Michael Bench and Family, Carbon County Block Grant, Carbon Engineering, and the Summit Hill Borough.
Phase 3: Outdoor Recreation Courts
Phase three 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. Our generous contributors include Carbon Engineering, Miller Contracting and Remodeling, Stoney Lonesome Excavating and Paving, the Summit Hill Shade Tree Commission and the Summit Hill Diligence Fire Company No. 1.
Phase 4: Pavilion, Kitchenette & Entryway
Phase four is funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant program administered through Carbon County. The budget for this phase is $108,731. The implementation of this phase includes the construction of a new pavilion and kitchenette, renovation of existing bathrooms to ADA standards, and a new brick entryway to match the North entrance.
We would also like to give a special thanks to the former Summit Hill Fishing Association for the generous contribution of $4,764.09 to the Ginder Field Rehabilitation Project.
Future phases of the project may include improvements to the baseball diamonds and track, and the installation of a skate park and outdoor exercise equipment.