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Gettysburg Rec Park Remains Active This Fall

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As the pandemic has led people outdoors, the Gettysburg rec park is getting a lot of use. The yells and cheers from children in the park ring through Gettysburg Borough almost every night and music fills the air many Sunday mornings.

“The football Generals are practicing and having games. We’re still trying to control the masses with them,” said Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority (GARA) director Erin Peddigree.

Peddigree said the Optimist Club ampitheater has been used a lot for churches.  “Almost every Sunday we have had a church and a lot of people are using the pavilions,” said Peddigree.

Other rec park news includes:

  • The Optimist Club has replaced their sign on the ampitheatre after its renovation.
  • “Slow down” will be stenciled on paths in the rec park to address speeding by ebikes.
  • The bloodmobile has been operating in the Sterner building.
  • The Green Gathering planted 13 new trees at their tree-planting ceremony.
  • A new straightaway will be added to the cycle pump track.

Peddigree said she submitted grant proposals to get the bathrooms in the park updated.  “They’ve been used a lot this summer,” she said.

Board member Jimmy Phelps said there will be a “track or treat” event for kids at the pump track on Halloween, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. “Kids can dress up and ride the track,” said Phelps. 

The GARA board discussed and rejected the possibility of using the Sterner Building for temporarily housing homeless people.  The use was requested by Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S, a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide shelter for up to 30 people when no other shelter can be found. 

“I’d really like to do it, but there are times when we have the building rented. It would prohibit us from begin able to rent it out,” said board president Steve Toddes.

Board member Robin Fitzpatrick said she thought housing homeless people might conflict with the allowed uses of the rec park.

“The Typical Life Corporation is coming back soon and they are going to have a lot of regulations,” said Peddigree.

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