Breaking for the
Photo by Teresa Crerand
Participating in the Ceremony (left to right): Richard Caridi - Chm. Pike County Commissioners, Bruce Mackle – representative for State Senator Lisa Baker, Karen Kleist – Dingman Township Secretary/Treasurer, Richard Ciccone – General Contractor, Chris Wood – Dingman Township SEO, Mike Peifer – State Representative, Thomas Mincer – Chm. Dingman Township Board of Supervisors, Kerry Welsh – Dingman Township Supervisor, Steve Mikulak – Pres. Dingman Township Volunteer Fire Department, George Kleist – Chm. Dingman Township Recreation Board, Tony Sciano – Dingman Township Recreation Board, Anthony Contino – Dingman Township Recreation Board, Jeremy Prostka – Landscape Architect from Thomas McLane Associates, Dennis Brink – Dingman Township Supervisor.
On May 14, 2011, the
Chairman Mincer opened the ceremony praising the hard work of all those involved in making the Park a reality: Representative Peifer and Senator Baker who supported state grants, the County Commissioners who supported the Township’s grant applications, the Township’s Recreation Board members and Township employees who spent countless hours working on the project, and the Township supervisors Past and present) who foresaw the need for the park and were committed to making the park a reality. Mincer went on to discuss how the hiking trails, jogging trails, and athletic fields will provide opportunities for people of all ages to recreate in safety.
Supervisor Brink spoke about the Township’s efforts to get the Park to this point before Supervisor Welsh scooped the ceremonial first shovelful of earth – which being Pike County, was hard packed and loaded with rocks.
then spoke briefly on why the state was so willing to help finance the
Park. He cited the rapidly growing
With the ceremony completed, work can now commence. The Township hopes to have portions of the Park open by Spring of 2012.