The Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) will purchase a new zero-turn mower, a tractor for dragging baseball fields and snow removal, and a utility vehicle for moving dirt and mulch using $52,000 given to them by the Gettysburg Borough Council.
The GARA board of directors authorized Executive Director Erin Peddigree to purchase the equipment on a case to case basis when she could find a good price. “Strike while the iron is hot to get a good deal,” said Board President Steve Niebler
Peddigree said new fencing had been installed around the storage area and that new soft drink machines had been installed at the Sterner Building and at the south end of the park.
The rec park is also receiving 10 picnic tables donated by Straban Township.
Peddigree said GARA will apply for funds to purchase and install a swing set and workout station from the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources in 2023 and will also apply for a grant to rebuild the south end restrooms, making them handicap accessible.
The board agreed after some discussion that the hours of operation of the rec park should remain between sunrise and sunset. New signs will be installed with this information.
Peddigree said she would meet with Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny to discuss electric skateboards in the park.
Peddigree said about 600 children and 4 food trucks had attended the Easter Egg Hunt held earlier in the month.