Summit Hill, April 29, 2017 — Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) commemorated the start of the Phillip Ginder Field Rehabilitation Project during a groundbreaking ceremony this morning in Summit Hill, Carbon County.
Phase I and II of the project received $80,000 in grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (“DCNR”) Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The project’s remaining budget has been matched with funds provided by Summit Hill Borough and private donations. The renovations include a volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, and a bocce alley as well as new perimeter fencing to increase security. After the project is completed, Ginder Field will be safe and accessible pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (“ADA”) Act.
The Summit Hill Recreation Commission (“SHRC”) was the driving force behind this project as well as other renovations in the community, including a planned third phase of the Ginder Field Rehabilitation Project. The SHRC is dedicated to providing Summit Hill youth with a variety of safe recreational venues to play and exercise.
“Recreational opportunities are the lifeblood of a strong community,” said Senator Yudichak. “Just like the memory of its namesake—Phillip Ginder, who first discovered anthracite coal in 1791—so too will this park outlast us all and remain the pride of the community for generations.”
“The Borough of Summit Hill and the Summit Hill Recreation Commission is beyond grateful for the support we have received on both the state and local level for this project, “said SHRC President Jodi McAndrew. “With this funding we will be able to provide a safe and updated recreational hub for the residents and the visitors of Summit Hill and the Panther Valley region.”
Eventually, the Ginder Field Recreation area will serve over 12,000 residents in the Panther Valley region.