Chambersburg Borough Adds New Features to Nicholson Square Park

Chambersburg Borough Adds New Features to Nicholson Square Park

CHAMBERSBURG (Oct. 29) — The Chambersburg Recreation Department celebrated the completion of its newest park with a ribbon-cutting this week.

Nicholson Square Park, the Borough’s newest community park, was until recently just open space between rows of townhomes.

The new park serves not only the Nicholson Square neighborhood, but also youngsters and adults across Chambersburg. It also benefits nearby Menno Haven retirement community and the Franklin Square area of Greene Township.

A Multi-Year Project

The multi-year effort to install new amenities fulfilled the objectives of the 2006 Borough Master Park Plan. In 2018, over ten years after the release of the plan, construction began on the first phase of this project. The park includes a picnic pavilion, playgrounds, handicap accessible parking spaces, two half-court basketball courts and a walkway around the playgrounds.

“This new facility fills a tremendous need for additional park and recreational amenities in the Borough’s First Ward,” said Council Vice President Alice Elia, who represents the Ward.

“The importance of a park of this nature cannot be understated,“ said Recreation Superintendent Julie Redding.

She said it fills a need in the community.

A 2016 Recreation Bond built a new Aquatic Center two years ago and paid for new playground equipment in every neighborhood of the Borough. Those funds also paid for repairs and renovations at the South Third Street Recreation Center.

The Celebration

Attending the ribbon cutting were Council Member Barb Beattie, County Commissioners Bob Ziobrowski and Bob Thomas, Chambersburg Area Development Corporation and Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce President and Director Stephen Christian, and Sam Thrush from Downtown Chambersburg, Inc.

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The park project is a joint effort of the borough, Nicholson Square Village Community Association, its homeowners association (HOA), and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Nicholson Square Village Community Association, along with their partner PB Services, Inc. Real Estate, donated $50,000 towards this project. A DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant helped pay for the first phase of the park project. Additional proceeds for the project came from the Borough’s 2016 Recreation Bond.

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