Sherman Street Park
The Borough of Clymer is a rural community located in northern Indiana County. The Borough wished to convert a set of empty lots near the center of town into a multi-use park and plaza to honor their veterans, increase parking for the adjacent ballfields and recreational facilities, and provide an open green space for activities. The planning and features of this park would be consistent with the 2011 Clymer Parks Master Plan.
Funding for the improvements was provided from two Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Greeenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP) Grants, a DCED Keystone Communities Program (KCP) Grant, and local funds.
In our role as the Borough Engineer, Gibson-Thomas was tasked with assisting with grant applications and designing the new park facilities. Key design activities included meeting with Borough officials and stakeholders to address concerns and solicit ideas, obtaining an NPDES permit, administering the bidding process, and providing construction inspection services.
The proposed park will include adding parking, new sidewalks, lighting, a plaza with flagpoles and markers honoring the branches of the military, a historical cut stone stage, green space construction, and beautification efforts throughout the park.
The park is currently under construction and is set for completion in the summer of 2020.
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