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GARA makes plans to welcome Farmers Market

Members of the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) and the Adams County Farmers Market have formed a subcommittee to study and plan for the eventual move of the market to the rec park.

Market Manager Reza Djalal said the market was “good through July” at its current site but the trajectory was unknown given uncertainties in the site’s redevelopment. “[Site Developer] Timothy Harrison is getting plans together and may present them at the March meeting of the Gettysburg Planning Board,” he said.

Board members Jimmy Phelps and Tom Demko, as well as Executive Director Erin Pettigrew will represent the rec park on the subcommittee. Farmers market representatives are Kathy Gaskin, Ellen Baker and Djalal.

“I’m crazy excited about it,” said Phelps

Peddigree said GARA’s finances were in good shape. “We’re actually doing pretty well given this time of year. We’ll be good to start doing some spring fixer-uppers around the park,” she said.

The board members thanked Steve Toddes, who retired as president in November, for his long term contributions. “I appreciate that you never miss a meeting. You always know what’s going on. You are a great model for members of boards,” said board member Robin Fitzpatrick.

Toddes said it had been a pleasure to work on the board. “It’s a great park.”

In other news:

12 dead trees were removed by Cumberland Township around the dog park. The Green Gathering will help remove the stumps.

GARA sent a number of lost or stolen bicycles to Gettysburg Bicycle for recycling.

Maintenance worker Steve Williams will be leaving his position in the next few years and GARA will be looking for new help.

Fireworks are scheduled for July 4. Peddigree said two bands and 11 food trucks have already signed up and that bingo will held in the Assembly room.

The next regularly scheduled GARA board meeting will be March 22 in the Sterner Building.

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