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Glenburn to review grant request for Hillside Park

June 26. 2013 2:52PM
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GLENBURN TWP.- Township supervisors met June 17 to discuss a grant application proposed by the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board. The grant money sought would provide the necessary funding to complete the walking trail at Hillside Park, including a boardwalk, according to members of the recreation board.

The board last submitted a grant through Clarks Green.

The Abington Area Joint Recreation Board is a non-profit, intergovernmental agency, comprised of representatives from five municipalities - Clarks Green, Clarks Summit, Glenburn, South Abington and Waverly - that manages a 100-acre park known as the Abington Area Community Park at 1188 Winola Rd. in South Abington Township.

Forty years ago, land was set aside by members of the community with a goal of becoming a regional park and a regional asset to the community.

Over the years, additions to the park have included a dog park, community garden, boundless playground and new lighting on the soccer field.

According to Bill Risse, Abington Area Joint Recreation Board chairman, in February, funding from each of the five member municipalities (currently approximately $3 per person annually based on latest census count) goes to fund park operations, utilities, insurance and maintenance costs. All of the other developments and improvements have been funded from private donations and grants.

“We need more information before we can support something like this. Issues such as bookkeeping, legal review of documents and the administration of the grant document all must be considered,” said Glenburn Township solicitor Malcolm McGregor.

The board will look into the matter further and discuss their findings at the next township meeting July 17.

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