N. Catty park features fun-filled summer of events
From whistles on the basketball court, to the ping of baseball bats, to Latin music from the band stage — these are the sounds you hear at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park on a summer night that always create an eclectic melody.
During a three-month stretch from late May through late August, the North Catasauqua park simultaneously hosts volleyball, basketball, baseball and cheerleading, in addition to borough-sponsored family nights and concerts.
Maintaining the hectic summer schedule requires cooperation from several different parties, but North Catasauqua’s recreation committee serves as the backbone for the park’s operation. The committee members are Cherie Gebhardt, Jessica Englert, Michele Hazzard, Barb Sukanik, Tina Snyder, Jason Bashaw, Pete Paone, John Yanek, Connie Molchany, Mayor Bill Molchany and Sue Arndt.
“Our recreation committee is a well-oiled machine,” Gebhardt said. “We’ve been working together for a while, so we know what each other is thinking or who might need an extra hand.”
Planning for the summer schedule at borough park begins a full year in advance. Popular musical acts like The Easton Band and Caribbean Rhythm get booked for the following year on the night of their performance.
The recreation committee begins discussing ideas for family nights and open concert slots in March. Gebhardt said the goal is to have the summer schedule planned out by the end of April.
The borough’s summer morning program, nicknamed Crafts and Laughs, will begin June 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. The park will also be hosting wiffle ball games 1 p.m. throughout the summer.
In addition to scheduling events at the park, funding them also takes a team effort. The summer program is free of charge for both residents and nonresidents, thanks to contributions from North Catasauqua Borough, proceeds from the park’s recreation stand and donations from the United Way that are earmarked for the park.
Upcoming concerts at the park include The Easton Band June 18, The Clap July 12, Caribbean Rhythm Aug. 17 and Brian Dean Moore Band Sept. 7. The concerts start 7 p.m.
The borough has family nights scheduled for July 18 and the popular carnival night Aug. 1.