On one hand, Bingham Park is shining, with the upgrade to the toddler playground and restrooms complete, but the Wallenpaupack Little League Challenger Division’s diamond is slowly disappearing in the green.

HAWLEY - On one hand, Bingham Park is shining, with the upgrade to the toddler playground and restrooms complete, but the Wallenpaupack Little League Challenger Division’s diamond is slowly disappearing in the green.

At Hawley Parks & Recreation Commission, September 26, Chairman Jim Shook related that Alan Cooper, the Challenger Division’s president, reminded that it was up to the borough to maintain the ball field.

With approval of the borough, last April, the Challenger Division made the changes to the Ed “Snoz” Miller Memorial Field, which lays directly across from Borough Hall on the southern end. The Challenger Division consists of kids with special needs, and the League wanted a level field specially suited to anyone with mobility issues.

Unfortunately, grass and weeds keep poking through the yellow clay that was laid down, and as fall begins, the diamond is getting hard to distinguish.

Rodger Smythe, Road Master, replied that he has been applying week killer but it has had no effect. He has taken to mowing it. He noted that he can only spray at certain times, out of concern for any kids that may be running bases.
Mayor Kevin Hawk added that spraying needs to be done early in the season to avoid having kids slide on the sand and get a scraped knee, with the weed killer.

Shook stated that he did some research, and the clay base that was laid down isn’t thick enough. He said it should be six inches. He noted that the baseline is worse than the infield.

Smythe said that if he took a tiller, he’d be digging up the ground beneath the sand.

P.J. Dougherty recommended that a plastic sheet be laid over the field- which would have to be weighed or staked down. The idea is that it may kill the growth and get down to the roots.

Maintaining the park is the borough’s responsibility, by default, said Joseph Fauble, who is both a Councilman and Parks & Rec member.

Shook added that the field is still probably better than it was before, but it doesn’t look like a ball field. He said to make sure that Parks & Rec addresses it, before the start of the 2018 season.

Also discussed:

P. J. Dougherty stated that the toddler playground upgrade is done. The rubberized mat has been laid down. Bill Delling assisted with laying down 65 bags if mulch in the areas where grass is to be reseeded. The sign for CJR Memorial Playground has been put up. Purple flowers, reminiscent of Wallenpaupack’s school colors, were planted under the fence. Industrial standard faucets will be installed in the park restrooms, which will automatically shut off. Scoutmaster Diana George, Troop 401, based in Hawley, said that they are getting ready to install new bird feeders for the borough, in the spring. She said there are 30 feeders that they are replacing. They also have a scout interested in painting the Skate Park, for an Eagle Scout project.

Hawley Parks & Rec meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., at Borough Hall.