Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St., has a new handicap-accessible swing. At the check presentation are, in front, from left, Sue Arndt, with North Catasauqua Recreation Committee; Michele Hazzard, North Catasauqua Borough Council president pro tempore; William Molchany, North Catasauqua mayor; and Cherie Gebhardt, North Catasauqua Borough councilwoman; and, in back, North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St., has a new handicap-accessible swing. At the check presentation are, in front, from left, Sue Arndt, with North Catasauqua Recreation Committee; Michele Hazzard, North Catasauqua Borough Council president pro tempore; William Molchany, North Catasauqua mayor; and Cherie Gebhardt, North Catasauqua Borough councilwoman; and, in back,
Jace Reed enjoys the new swing at the North Catasauqua park. Jace Reed enjoys the new swing at the North Catasauqua park.

There’s a new swing at North Catty park

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by PAUL FOX Special to The Press in Local News

On Aug. 5, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce presented North Catasauqua Borough a $500 check to go toward the cost of the new handicap-accessible swing, which was recently installed at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St.

Established in Bethlehem in 1985, the Chamber has expanded to provide funding for beautification grants throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond, including Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon and Monroe counties and Warren County, N.J.

The swing comes as part of a park improvement effort funded by North Catasauqua Recreation Committee and Northampton County. Newly added equipment also includes a crawling tunnel, which can offer both a fun play experience and a quiet space for kids who need somewhere to calm down.

Designed exclusively for use with wheelchairs, the new swing is not meant to be a toy for everyone. On its own, the swing is just a metal platform with a small ramp that flips up when in use. When the ramp is down, a wheelchair can be rolled right up onto the platform and strapped in place. The swing has no seat of its own, so a wheelchair is required for safe and proper use.

The borough of North Catasauqua would like to remind all park visitors to refrain from using the new swing if they do not have or need a wheelchair.