The basketball courts at Elm Leaf Park in Baldwin Borough are getting a facelift, a second playground is being added and part of the parking lot soon will be lined and fenced in for dek hockey play.
All of this is coming by the spring of 2020, as the second phase of the Elm Leaf Park renovation takes shape.
“It’s just a really good amenity to have,” borough Manager Bob Firek said.
Phase I of the Elm Leaf Park renovation was completed last spring, that included replacing the old playground with a new play structure, replacing pavilions and the horseshoe courts, along with adding lighting.
Phase II is now under review from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, with plans to start construction by the end of June. It will focus on the portion of the park behind the municipal building, which is located off of Churchview Avenue.
As part of phase II, the tennis court at Elm Leaf will be removed to make way for three accessible, ADA compliant spaces for the Baldwin Borough municipal pool, Firek said.
The basketball courts nearby will be resurfaced and color coded and get new backboards and rims.
In the lower corner of the parking lot, a space will be fenced in and lined for dek hockey. That’s a request borough leaders get a lot, Firek said. However, it will also serve as an overflow parking area, when needed.
A second playground will be added out towards the right field, giving younger kids something to do while their older siblings play a game of ball, Firek said.
A pedestrian walking trail also will be added around the baseball field and up through the woods, he said.
To pay for all of this, the borough received a $200,000 grant from DCNR. The overall project likely will cost about $800,000.
The borough previously had borrowed funds for capital projects and park upgrades. The remaining funds will come from there, Firek said.
Baldwin residents are loving the park upgrades, thus far, the manager said.
Since the completion of phase I, the large pavilion at Elm Leaf has been rented nearly every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s been huge,” he said.
The park also is slated for a third phase of renovations that will include field, parking and ADA access upgrades. That likely will occur in 2020 or 2021.
The borough has just submitted grant applications for the project within the last few weeks.