Improvements coming to Herndon playground
HERNDON - Councilwoman Alexis Schaffner said the borough has big plans for the municipal playground area along the railroad tracks behind the Herndon House and Zerby's Garage.
The borough this year received a $40,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The borough had to match it with $20,000, bringing the total to $60,000. The local funds came from donations from local businesses and in-kind volunteer work that will come from members of Herndon Fire Company and the Rebuck Boy Scout Troop.
According to Schaffner, the tentative installation date for new playground equipment is Oct. 5. The equipment is being purchased from Playworld Systems in Lewisburg.
"We are trying to support local businesses through this project," she said.
The playground will include two areas: One for those 2 to 5 years old and one for those approximately 5 to 12.
Future grant money would be put toward an adult fitness area to include a rock-climbing wall and rope web climbing for children and adults.
The borough also has received a $10,000 grant from the Degenstein Foundation, Sunbury, and will apply for another DCNR grant in April. That money will be used to upgrade the pavilion and install electricity.
"We are basically doing a whole overhaul," Schaffner said. "We want to create a well-rounded recreation facility."
The closest playground is in Trevorton, she noted, 15 miles away.
Heritage festival set
Also, the borough is planning the Herndon Heritage Festival at the recreation grounds on April 12 of next year. It will include a 20-mile bicycle race and a 5K run. She said that the goal is to have 150 vendors, who will not be charged.
"We just want to have a large community event for people to come out and enjoy Herndon," Schaffner said. "Hopefully, we'll have the new playground installed by then."
A Facebook page titled "Herndon Borough Recreation Park" has been established.