Gettysburg rec park recovers from COVID, thanks to its staff and the community

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The Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA) has begun its full recovery from the days of COVID and the rec park on Long Lane is quickly returning to hosting a wide range of activities.  Baseball fields are full of players, the Biser Trail is hosting runners, walkers and bike riders, the Skate Park is humming with the sounds of wheels on ramps and the Dog Park is going full bark!  Come on out and enjoy some great outdoor activity.

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Gettysburg Rec Park on a Fall Day [GETTYSBURG CONNECTION]

GARA was able to serve as the host of a fabulous July Fourth fireworks display which was attended by many more people than anyone thought would attend.  Thanks to the Rotary Club of Gettysburg, Destination Gettysburg, and the Gettysburg Fire Department, the event was a tremendous success.  We realize that we need more food trucks and more rest rooms and plans are already underway to make that happen in 2022.  Mark your calendars now for next year’s community-wide celebration on Monday July 4th!

While we’re thanking folks, we’d be remiss not to acknowledge the hard work and constant efforts of GARA Executive Director Erin Peddigree to keep the rec park functioning and successful.  Erin puts in many, many extra hours to benefit our community park.  And our head maintenance man, groundskeeper and all-around rec park lover Steve Williams keeps the park looking good and operating smoothly. There is also a very dedicated group of guys who mow, patrol the grounds and work hard to make the park a success.  Our Administrative Assistant Lisa Fendelander keeps the schedules straight and things organized. A sincere thanks to all of them.

GARA operates as a municipal authority, overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, made up of residents of Gettysburg Borough, Cumberland Township and the Gettysburg School District.  Steve Toddes, a Cumberland Township Supervisor is the current Chairman.  Keith Ulrich and Steve Niebler also represent Cumberland Township.  Borough residents Robin Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Phelps represent Gettysburg and the Board had recently said goodbye to former Borough Council President Jake Schindel who is moving from the Borough.  The Borough Council will be appointing a replacement for Jake and we thank him for his many efforts over the years on behalf of GARA.  Gettysburg School District teacher and coach Max Laing represents the Gettysburg School District and does a great job on their behalf.

In closing, while GARA gets good financial support from Cumberland Township and the Borough of Gettysburg, we can always use more funds.  If you use the Rec Park’s facilities, please consider a donation.  There’s a Donation Pole at the south end of the park that is there to receive cash contributions.  If you’d like to make a donation in person or any other way, contact Erin Peddigree at or 717-333-2028 or send one to GARA, 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg, PA 17325.   

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Steve Niebler was born and raised in Gettysburg.

He is retired after working at the Adams County Office for Aging, Inc. 34 years, serving as the Director for 31 of those years.

Niebler serves on the Boards of the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA), the Adams County Housing Authority (ACHA), Healthy Adams Bike & Pedestrian Inc. (HABPI), and the Cumberland Township Sewer Authority.

He is married to Faye Niebler, has two grown children, and two of the cutest grandkids in the world!

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