Wil Brubaker from Boy Scout Troop 79 will create a gaga pit in the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) rec park this summer for his Eagle Scout project.
The gaga game is played inside a small ring and was described as a “safe version of dodgeball.” The game uses a kickball or volleyball and the last person hit by the ball is the winner. But players can only hit others below the knee (or waist) and have to keep the ball in the pit.
Brubaker said gaga pits were a “hotspots” at his troop activities and he thought it would be popular among children and attract people to the park.
“It’s small, and doesn’t take up too much space,” said Brubaker.
The pit will be built with pressure treated boards and players will bring their own kickballs.
Brubaker said funding would come from local businesses, family, and friends.
The location for the pit in the park is still to be determined.
I think it would be a great addition to the park, said GARA board member Jimmy Phelps. “It’s a simple game – you just need a ball.”
Phelps said there had been an “ongoing problem with kids drinking, smoking and cussing” at the skate park.
Phelps said the offenders were engaging the behaviors in public and in front of families and young children. “It’s every single day. It’s a handful of kids that do it over and over. They absolutely do not care. I’ve talked to them but they know nothing’s going to happen,” said Phelps.
Phelps said an officer from the Gettysburg Police Department said police would be able to document the infractions if they were called while they were occurring.
Going forward the board agreed that the police should be called when rules were being violated.
GARA said it was potentially interested in holding New Year’s Eve fireworks at the rec park in the future and that it would reach out to the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants’ Association GARMA) for a conversation.
Peddigree said there had been some unexpected expenses at GARA due to broken equipment and a broken furnace.
Pedigree said park events had been “about on par with prior years” and there had been a number of drive-through events, including a Thanksgiving dinner pickup, food drives, and toy drives. “They’re becoming pretty popular,” said Peddigree.
Peddigree said the Soccer Shots program for young children is starting in the Sterner Building and Little league signups are also beginning.
Peddigree said because GARA was neither a municipality or a non-profit it had only received $258 from the county’s FAIR grant, but that it had received $4,944 from the Community Foundation’s Giving Spree.