Tate Park and Street Enhancements
The Borough of Clymer is a rural community located in northern Indiana County. To expand on the Borough’s downtown park facilities and restore connectivity to Two Lick Creek, the Borough proposed a project to convert several vacant lots into a combined park, veteran’s memorial, and parking facility. This new public space, named Tate Park for one of the primary contributors to the project, additional 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 improvements to several adjacent streets. These improvements were consistent with the 2011 Clymer Parks Master Plan.
Funding for the improvements was provided from two Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Greeenways, Trails, and Recreation Program Grants, a Keystone Communities Program Grant, and local funds.
Gibson–Thomas was involved in the planning, design, and construction phases of the project. Our team attended planning and brainstorming sessions, worked closely with the Borough to design a space that aligned with their goals and their available budget, and worked closely with the contractor (Ray Winters & Sons, Inc.) to ensure the final product was acceptable to the stakeholders.
The bid opening for the project was held in September 2020. The contractor began work in the fall and worked through the following year. The ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new park was held in November 2021.