New playground takes shape

June 27th, 2015 1:24 am

First Posted: 6/1/2013

Robert Yaple Park in Hughestown was given a helping hand.

Longtime Hughestown resident and Parks and Recreation Committee member Marie Griglock applauded the effort as she watched dozens of volunteers from Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services busily working in Robert Yaple Memorial Park.

The park facelift was thanks to the company’s “Lend a Hand Program.”

Mericle, in cooperation with officials from Hughestown Borough made improvements and installed new equipment throughout the park. Upgrades included newly mulched playground areas, new picnic tables, play ground equipment, shade shelters, signage, painting and reshaping the walking track.

All done through donations from Mericle and the volunteer labor from company employees and their families. M. Mayo Striping donated the resurfacing of the basketball and tennis courts.

The park was constructed in 2009 as a result of community donations and a DCED grant said Parks and Recreation Committee president Carmen Ambrosino.

Four years later the park was in need of upgrades and rehabilitation.

The Parks and Recreation Committee sent a letter to Mericle asking for help.

“We had four things on our wish list,” Ambrosino said. “But we got so much more”.

He did not know what the total cost of all the upgrades was, but says it was significant.

This was not the first time the Lend a Hand Program has upgraded parks in the Greater Pittston area.

According to Jim Cummings Vice Prescient of Marketing in recent years the program has completed similar projects in Spadi Park, Jenkins Township, Orioles Park and Bryden Park in Pittston Township and the Jessup Youth Sports Complex.

“Every year we select a community park and all the volunteers are our employees and their families,” said Cummings.

Mericle employee Tina Rothery said have no problem getting volunteers, in fact , the same people volunteer every year they enjoy it so much. “This is a wonderful opportunity and gives people a chance to give back to the community.”

As the volunteers raked mulch little Emily Wolack enjoyed trying out the new sliding board. Her grandmother, Helen Donovan, takes her to Yaple Park all the time.

“It is beautiful, we love coming here” Donovan said.

With all the upgrades the park will be in great shape for the annual picnic in the park says Council President Wayne Quick. Quick is grateful to the “Lend a Hand Program” for all it has done to help the Hughestown Community Park. “We get a lot of satisfaction helping out the community” concluded Cummings.