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Sugar Grove Community Park opens for everyone to enjoy

August 23, 2010
The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sugar Grove Community Park was held at 4 p.m. Saturday. New signage welcomed the community and those that came out to see the new park, hear some live bluegrass music and enjoy hot dogs and lemonade. The park has new concrete pathways, a pavilion with electric capabilities and lighting, and two new handicapped accessible parking spaces. The entire park is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is equipped with handicapped accessible picnic tables with hopes for more tables and benches in the future. Project Manager Chris Brown, of Derck and Edson Associates, explained that the project started last August with a grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Last year around this time, we first met with the borough and presented three or four design concepts for them to choose from and then it went on to receive the state’s approval,” Brown said. Contractor bids were awarded in April and construction on the park’s design started in June. Flowers and shrubbery added a colorful aesthetic to the area with bright red azaleas to compliment the many American flags lining the American Legion monument. The park’s gardens were planted by members of the Hill and Dale Garden Club and more additions of plants and flowers are still to come. John VanDorn played his Prinsen book organ before the ribbon cutting while people gathered and mingled in the park. Entertainment at the grand opening was provided by the Northern Railroad Bluegrass Band, courtesy of the American Legion, Sons of the AMVETS and Sugar Grove Borough.

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Times Observer photo by Kara White
American Legion monument at Sugar Grove Community Park



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