GARA Plans July 4 Events; Honors Jack Bream

The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) Board of Directors has made plans for a fireworks event to be held on July 4. The event is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and extend into the evening. On the agenda are 15 food trucks, bingo sponsored by local fire departments, live music, and of course fireworks.

The park also plans to host alcohol vendors in a roped-off area. Ploughman Cider, Halbrendt Winery, and Fourscore Beer Company are schedule as vendors.

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GARA is looking for sponsors for the event.

GARA is looking for a maintenance person to replace Steve Williams who is retiring. Hours and salary will be determined. Interested parties should contact Erin Peddigree at (717) 334-2028.

GARA will donate $50 to the Gettysburg College Orange & Blue Club in memory of past GARA president Jack Bream who died in February.

Executive Director Erin Peddigree said GARA had received about $52,500 in Covid-related funds from Gettysburg Borough which would be used to purchase a new zero turn lawn mower, a utility vehicle, and to repair some of the restrooms.

Peddigree reported on the audit of 2021 fiscal year finances with a total revenue of about $218,000 and total expenses of about $210,000. “It was a pretty good year for us,” she said. “We have zero debt.”

Peddigree said activity was strong at the park. “We’ve been getting a lot of assembly room reservations.  Everyone’s happy to get back inside, she said.”

Peddigree said there was a huge demand for little league this year with over 160 children and 15 teams hoping to play. “They’re struggling to figure out how to do it this the year. We’re trying to help them out.” she said.

Peddigree said the demand was in part because Little League had been cancelled at other locations in the county.  Peddigree said she would reach out to Straban Township for help finding available baseball fields.

Little League opens on April 9.

In other news:

  • Water will be turned on for the restrooms and the dog park in the next week or two
  • Weikert field is being repainted
  • A new bicycle repair station will be installed near the Susan Naugle bridge in the next weeks
  • Coldsmith Roofing Inc. will donate the use of a lift to repair baseball field lights
  • The mural near the football field will be updated
  • The Adams County Library Funfest will be held on June 10

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