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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Playground opening, car show ahead this fall

  • HAWLEY - Plenty of community activity is planned this fall in downtown Haley, with the opening of a new playground, a classic car show and the annual Hawley Harvest Hoe Down. The Hawley Park & Recreation Commission touched on all three events at their July 29th meeting.
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  • HAWLEY -  Plenty of community activity is planned this fall in downtown Haley, with the opening of a new playground, a classic car show and the annual Hawley Harvest Hoe Down. The Hawley Park & Recreation Commission touched on all three events at their July 29th meeting.
        Joe Regenski, who is coordinating the playground project, said he expects that the playground will be complete in the first half of October. A dedication ceremony could be held Saturday, October 18, he suggested, although that may be changed.
        That same day, Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) hosts the Hoe Down event on streets downtown. Elaine Herzog suggested that if attention may be more centered on the playground opening if it didn't conflict.
        Meanwhile, Park & Recreation has taken on the annual classic car show which for several years had been hosted by the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce. Dates were discussed, and the Commission decided to ask Council to be able to have the event Sunday, October 19, the day after the Hoe Down. The car show is held in Bingham Park.
       Regenski said that the playground equipment is slated to arrive September 10th. Wayne County Builders Association members have volunteered to help install it beginning on the 11th. This should take no more than five days.
         The playground surface, however, has to be prepared around it. Grass must be taken up, and a six inch stone base will go in, to be covered by a mat of poured rubber, six to eight inches thick. Before the rubber can be applied, the blue stone pavers need to be laid, encircling the perimeter.
        During this process, the new playground area will have to be fenced off. In addition, some of the equipment in the existing toddler playground will be relocated or removed. Slides will be dismantled and set up on the canal basin rim (the tree-lined hump facing the bandstand).
       This will require closing off a section of the existing playground, starting September 2nd.
       The new playground, designed for ages 5-12 and fully handicapped accessible, is funded through grants and donations. Regenski founded the CJR Memorial Foundation in memory of his 2-year old son Caleb. The playground is a project of the Foundation. Sale of the walkway pavers are going strong, Regenski noted. These will help complete the project, including installation of permanent  handicapped accessible restrooms nearby. The restrooms are not expected to be built until the spring of 2015.
       For information on sponsoring an engraved paver stone, visit www.cjrmemorialfund.org.
       
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    • Park & Recreation received $1379 from the Hawley Carnival held July 1- 5.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Commission member Jim Shook offered advice on the car show and what he could do to assist. Shook is past president of the Chamber of Commerce as well as co-owner of Lake Region/Hawley IGA markets. Mayor Kevin Hawk said a big thing will be getting enough volunteers. Shook said that the Chamber relinquished its rights to the show, allowing the Park & Rec Commission to take it over. The fall car show was described as a desired and popular attraction, one of the region's last car shows of the year.

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