Catasauqua Press

Friday, June 23, 2017
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOsWith construction of new playground equipment complete, the site will be open to children once the ground cover is installed at the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOsWith construction of new playground equipment complete, the site will be open to children once the ground cover is installed at the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park.
PPL volunteers and public works crew members work together last week to complete construction of the new play equipment. PPL volunteers and public works crew members work together last week to complete construction of the new play equipment.

New playground coming to N. Catty park

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Linda Wojciechowski lwojciechowski@tnonline.com in Local News

Thanks to the generosity of some volunteer workers from PPL and to the North Catasauqua Public Works Department personnel who were willing to work evening hours when the PPL volunteers were available to help, assembly of the new playground equipment at the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park was completed on Friday.

Residents who attended Saturday’s yard sale at the North Catasauqua Park could only view the new play area, which was roped off with yellow tape, until final tightening of the connections and application of a ground cover is completed.

Borough Councilman Billy Duch, who is employed by PPL, rounded up five men who were interested in helping get the equipment assembled. Along with Duch, the volunteers were Mike Miller and Rick Legath, both of Northampton, Bill Sharkazy, of Whitehall, and Dave Busser, of Allentown.

The volunteers reported to the park three days last week, after working a full shift at their PPL jobs, and worked 3:30-9:30 p.m. each of those days. They assisted the borough public works employees, who agreed to shift their workdays to include the evening hours.

The equipment had been delivered months ago and awaited warmer weather before assembly and installment could begin. At council meetings this spring, Councilman Joe Keglovits would ask about scheduling the work, but time and again, the weather had not cooperated, or the equipment company representative had not been able to schedule a time to supervise the foundation construction.

With the carnival due to open this week, time was running out, but thanks to help from the PPL volunteers, the area may be opened by the end of the week. At press time Wednesday, the final grounds work was not complete. So if children cannot play on the equipment during the carnival, they can certainly look forward to returning to the park for a summer season of play on the new equipment.

“The reason why we did it was for the kids,” Duch said.