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GARA hosts first annual Trick and Treat Trail, announces Fireman’s Carnival news

The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) hosted its inaugural Trick or Treat Trail on Saturday as children with costumes and bikes used the pump track and the Biser Trail for exercise, fun, and trick or treating.

Executive Director Erin Peddigree said about 150 kids with their families came by during the afternoon to get candy from the organizations who set up booths along the Biser Trail, including Belco Community Credit Union, Pathstone Health Services, The Gettysburg Fire Department, Adams County Art Council, Freedom Valley Church, Boy Scout Group 1863, Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, and YWCA Safe Home.

“We are hoping to do it again next year with games, food trucks, more organizations on the trail. And maybe a movie in the park,” said Pedigree.

A number of fall planting projects are underway at the park. The Gettysburg Green Gathering recently planted 5 trees along the Biser Trail in front of the amphitheater, and Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 80778 and Junior Troop 80096 planted more trees along the Biser Trail behind the amphitheater.

Peddigree said the new butterfly garden had also been planted and that the GaGa Pit was installed Thursday by Will Brubaker for his Eagle Scout Project.

The board is also considering purchasing more trees for the park.

The board is still dealing with the Adams County’s Sports Hall of Fame plaques that line the main room in the Sterner Building. Peddigree said there were too many plaques, that people who rented the room did not like to have the images showing, and that curtains were used to hide them during events. She said she thought only one or two people were likely to come to see the plaques every year.

“Half a dozen people come here every year; it’s taking up a lot of wall space. Let’s see if we can find something to do about it,” said Board President Steve Niebler.  Niebler suggested the hall of fame develop an online alternative, saying “I really think a nice professionally-done online presence would be really good for them.”

The board approved a $.50 increase in the hourly wages for the park staff. “We’re lucky to have them,” said Niebler.

Peddigree reported that Gettysburg Fire Department representative David Blocker had indicated there would be no Fireman’s Carnival in 2022, and that it probably would not continue in the future.  The fire department is considering a beer and wine day with bingo as an alternative fundraiser.

Noting the baseball field lights are old and need to be repaired, the board considered how to find money to update them. “The lights use a lot of energy because they are old,” said board member Tom Demko, and suggested it might be possible to find a grant to replace them.

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