Park getting new swings, touch tunnel
North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park is getting some updated playground equipment, thanks to grant funding.
According to North Catasauqua Borough Council President Peter Paone, public works employees will install a new set of swings and a touch tunnel, made especially for those with autism and sensory issues, at the 701 Grove St. park. The good news, Paone said, was shared by public works Supervisor Travis Brett during the March 18 meeting of council.
The borough began researching costs on the new equipment in October 2018, after learning that the existing swings would soon be in violation of updated ASTM rules. ASTM rules are protocol that parks must follow for the safety of the users.
The existing swings at the North Catasauqua park are set up too close together, according to ASTM rules.
In other recreation-themed news, Cherie Gebhardt, chair of the borough’s recreation committee, reported that more well-known bands would be entertaining at the park this summer. In fact, UUU is tentatively scheduled to kick off the concert series June 28. The band started in the 1990s as a disco band, according to its website, and now plays a variety of genres.
Because of the decision to bring in more well-known entertainment, which comes with a higher price tag, Paone said the number of concerts held during the summer will be reduced.
Paone discussed a March workshop he attended regarding grants available in Northampton County in 2020. The county hotel tax will provide funding for events that promote tourism in the area. He suggested the borough consider applying for some funding, which could help to pay for these concerts as well as the North Catasauqua carnival, organized by the borough betterment committee.