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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Design favored for CJR Playground

  • HAWLEY - A design concept for the new playground in Bingham Park was picked by Hawley Parks & Recreation Commission, April 29th. The plan is to go before Borough Council on May 14th to recommend adoption. Joseph Regenski, who is coordinating this project in memory of his son Caleb, said he now expects that work would...
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  • HAWLEY -  A design concept for the new playground in Bingham Park was picked by Hawley Parks & Recreation Commission, April 29th. The plan is to go before Borough Council on May 14th to recommend adoption.
        Joseph Regenski, who is coordinating this project in memory of his son Caleb, said he now expects that work would start in July or August. The playground, designed to be fully handicap accessible and geared for ages 5 on up, should be completed in about two weeks once construction begins.
    ••• Sponsor paver stones
        Meanwhile, blue stone paving stones are being sold, engraved according to the donor's wishes. These stones will mark a walkway around the new playground as well as encircling the existing toddler playground adjacent to it.
       Proceeds from the paving stones will go towards a later phase of the project, which includes erecting handicapped-accessible restrooms. Regenski said that $6,000 has already been raised from paving stone  sales, which are conducted through the project's web site.
       Paper applications are also available at Gresham's Chop House. There are a variety of sponsorship levels from a 6x12" stone for $50 to the $2,500 level, one of two that include a bench and an 18x30" paver. Businesses as well as in individuals can sponsor a stone.
        He presented a sample paving stone, inscribed in memory of his son Caleb, who died in 2007 at the age of two from a brain tumor.
        Paving stones would first be placed around the new playground, connecting to the parking area. After this portion is complete. paving stones would be laid around the toddler playground and connect to the future rest room site.
       The Commission is looking at the rest rooms installed at the Paupack and Dreher township parks to compare design. The Borough had attempted to obtain a grant for the rest rooms. Regenski is hopeful that the costs will be less than the Borough's original estimate, by utilizing volunteer labor.
    ••• Design favored
       
        In both design concepts presented to the Commission, the new playground would sit to the north of the existing toddler playground, towards the tennis courts. The future proposed rest rooms would be placed east of the bandstand, next to the start of the humped area lined with evergreen trees (originally a wall of the 19th century canal basin).
          Parks & Recreation Commission looked at two design concepts. Concept #2 has a 5,900 square foot safety surface mat, made of poured rubber.
        The Commission took Regenski's recommendation and picked Concept #1, which is only 5,400 square feet. This both saves considerable expense on the safety surface mat, and is further back from the ball field.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Customized play equipment, the toy excavator and toy dump truck are brought to the center of the space, directly off the central gathering area joining the two playgrounds. Trees near the existing fence would need to be removed, and a small tree transplanted, in order to fit the play equipment within the tree line and avoid stray softballs. Two benches would need to be moved.
       Handicapped parking designation would be created in the parking area closest to the walkway.
       Two slides from the toddler playground will be relocated to the hump.
     
    •••  Custom made
         He said he is waiting on some funds from the state grant to purchase the playground equipment. The down payment for the equipment will cost around $77,000. Regenski needed to submit an invoice to the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), which requires review. Once the funds are released, the manufacturer takes about eight weeks to custom-make the pieces, designed for this project.
        Regenski said he was hopeful to begin construction in mid-summer and have the playground in use before kids have to return to school.
        A dedication will be planned, and a sign is being considered naming it the CJR Memorial Playground.
        The bulk of the costs of the project have been covered by grants and donations. Small expenses come up here and there. He said that two weeks ago  CJR Memorial Playground had its first golf tournament benefit. They raised close to $30,000. From this, $5,000 went to sponsor a room at the Ronald McDonald House in memory of Caleb; $10,000 went to aid brain cancer research at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, and the remainder went towards the playground project.
        Grants have totaled $225,167 from DCED and $15,000 from the Wayne County Redevelopment Authority.
        Wayne County Builders Association member contractors have expressed interest in donating time to build the playground. There are also a number of excavators interested in helping with the site work. Regenski said he still needs a landscaper to put the walkway together.
         For more information online, e-mail joseph@cjrmemorialfund.org or visit
    www.cjrmemorialfund.org.

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