Major Improvements in the Works for Miller-Sibley Park

| February 5, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Major improvements may be coming to Miller-Sibley Park in Franklin.

The improvements to the park were discussed at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

According to City Manager Tracy Jamieson, the current plan, which would have to be undertaken in phases, calls for the following improvements:

– demolition and rebuilding of the tennis courts, the basketball courts, and the fencing around them;
– milling and repaving of the pool parking lot;
– the addition of more parking spaces in the parking area off of Walnut Drive;
– new lighting throughout the complex;
– gating off of the drive through the complex (creating a pedestrian walkway);
– new play apparatus; and
– new bleachers.

While some of these changes are primarily upgrades to existing features, some of the other changes, like the gating off of the drive through the complex, are safety issues.

“If you have little kids, and you have people driving through there, it’s not safe, so we want to gate those so it becomes a walkway,” Jamieson said.

There will also be some changes in the arrangement of the park, with the new play apparatus being moved closer to the Little League field.

“It would be right across from it. A lot of parents like to sit and watch the kids, but let their little kids play on the playground equipment, and right now it’s kind of hidden behind that pavilion up at the other end,” Jamieson noted.

The total estimate for the project is $816,560.00.

The first phase, for which Jamieson will be presenting a resolution at the next council meeting, will involve the demolition and rebuilding of the basketball and tennis courts, estimated at a cost of around $300,000.00.

According to Jamieson, the city will be seeking DCNR grants for 50% of the project, then seeking other funding for the other 50%, which could include Little League funding, possibly money from other grants, and public funding.

“Miller-Sibley badly needs upgrades, and this will get us started,” explained Jamieson.

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