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Curwensville Revitilization Team discusses signage
Thursday, January 3, 2013
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
CURWENSVILLE - Curwensville Borough's Revitalization Team continued discussion and planning for several projects at last night's meeting. The group, composed of municipal officials, local business owners and interested residents, has been meeting for several months and has selected three main areas of focus including Curwensville's business district, Irvin Park and the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and recreation trails associated with the river.
Additional volunteers and residents interested in improving the community are needed and encouraged to join the group at its meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Curwensville Borough municipal building.
The group recently received a $2,200 matching grant from Visit Clearfield County, formerly the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority. The funds will be used to purchase signs to be placed at the gateways or entrances to the town.
Members were asked to bring ideas for wording and images to be placed on the sign that best represents Curwensville to the group's February meeting so that an outline may be given to a local sign manufacturer to develop a draft.
Members said last night they want the gateway signs welcoming people to the community to be consistent in shape, color and installation with any future directional signs that are erected and will use the guide prepared by the Pennsylvania Wilds and adopted by the Clearfield County Commissioners to direct them in making choices.
Also discussed last night were improving the restrooms at Irvin Park. Upgrades to the restrooms were the No. 1 desire noted by residents and visitors who filled out a survey concerning the park. Mary Ellen Read, a committee member and also a member of Curwensville Borough Council, said council budgeted $27,000 for maintenance and improvements at the park and perhaps some of the funding could be used for the restroom upgrade project. Work was done in recent years to the ladies' facilities as an Eagle Scout project but nothing has been done to the men's room.
The park will open earlier than normal this year to serve as one of the stations for the Chinklacamoose Marathon, April 21. According to information on the Web site, www.curwensvilleborough.com, the race will take participants through central Clearfield County on a rugged course using Rails to Trails recreation paths and off-road hiking courses. Those taking part are able to run a full or half marathon and may compete as an individual or relay team.
CRT members said there could be large groups of people participating and serving as spectators and they want to ensure all components of the park are at their best.
In a related matter, several members will attend the Jan. 14 meeting of Curwensville Borough Council seeking permission to host a clean-up day March 16 in preparation for the Chinklacamoose Marathon and spring.
Participants are needed to work in the park, the business district and various places in the community to rake leaves, pick up debris and do other jobs, members said last night.
More details about the project will be released once council has considered the matter.
It was also noted last night volunteers are needed for the team's sub-committees.
Anyone interested in developing future development for Irvin Park, the business district, the West Branch Susquehanna River trails or working on grants to fund improvements should attend CRT's next meeting Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Curwensville Borough municipal building.
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